Celebrate National CS Week with the Hour of Code

Did you know that computing is the #1 source of wages in the U.S.? Computer science is foundational for every industry today. That’s one reason to join in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

We want to ensure that our students are on the forefront of creating technology of the future—not just consuming it.  The Hour of Code is a great way to start Computer Science Education Week.  Visit https://csedweek.org/learn for how-to guides, tutorials, handouts, celebrity posters and videos to excite students, and teacher-guided lesson plans!  There is something for every subject!

hour-of-code-homophonesELA teachers can teach students about homophones through www.tynker.com.  Students follow step-by-step instructions to animate an interactive story with a lot of homophones in it! Each time a character says a word that is a homophone, ask the player which homophone is the correct word for that context. The player better know their homophones, or else the dialog won’t make any sense!

hour-of-code-clockStudents can use their knowledge of math and geometry to create a working analog clock with moving second, minute, and hour hands. They’ll need to calculate the angle that each hand should point based on what time it is. When there are done, you can add in reminders about what you need to do throughout the day to make your own alarm clock!

hour-of-code-solar-systemStudents can program an interactive model of our Solar System. This project comes with step-by-step instructions that guide you through creating a simulation with planets orbiting the Sun. Then add facts about each planet that pop up when clicked.


itchHistory teachers can use stop frame animation for historical events! Student will be using Itch to build their own stop frame animation projects that could tell stories of the past.


As you participate in the Hour of Code or any other Computer Science activities, tweet pictures to @theTSIN and upload to Facebook so we can highlight it on our events page and social media channels!


Sources:  http://csedweek.org

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