“Make a video game” & learn an Hour of Code

“Don’t just buy a new video game. Make one. Don’t just download the latest app, help design it. Don’t just play on your phone, program it. … And don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t. Whether you are a young man or a woman, whether you live in a city or a rural area, computers are going to be a big part of your future. And if you are willing to work and study hard, that future is yours to shape.”   — I hope many girls heard this message from President Barack Obama to start off the “Hour of Code” and to support computer science in education.

Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 10.34.37 AMThe “Hour of Code” project is part of the current Computer Science Education Week, from December 9 to 15. On its first day almost 2.6 million kids already learnt an hour of code. {As of December 10 in the morning, the number has jumped to over 4.2 million.} Anyone can go to the website to start her/his hour of learning. You can also sign a petition if you are also interested in giving every student a chance to learn computer science at her/his school.

This great project is organized by code.org to push computer science into school education. Especially girls should be encouraged early on to play with computers, to learn code, and to practice with fun how to create, manage, and organize computer programs and content.

Our free Wikid GRRLS Teaching Package helps to introduce the fun of computing and creating projects online to teenage girls in middle school and early high school. To receive our free teaching material, just e-mail either Stine at keckert@umd.edu or Joanna at jpmg@umd.edu.



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