This year there are loads of Hour of Code activities. There's a new Disney Moana activity and another Minecraft themed activity from Code.org, the host organisation for Hour of Code. And there are lots of activities from other organisations. Many of the activities allow kids to earn a printable Hour of Code certificate which is always very popular.
The Hour of Code a great opportunity for kids to try coding for the first time or to try a different kind of coding. It's also a great way for parents to try out coding in a fun no-pressure environment.
You can head to https://hourofcode.com/learn to find activities suitable for different ages and experience levels.
Here are a few highlights that we think are worth checking out:
- The new Minecraft activity allows kids to spawn mobs and control their behaviour. I've already used this activity with children in an after school club and it went down very well. They're experienced Scratch coders but sometimes it's nice to do something a bit different.
- Kano is a Raspberry Pi based computer and operating system for kids. but you can do their Pixel Hack Hour of Code in a web browser. My 10 year old and I used this programmatically create some pixel art from Elbrie's Pixel Art Advent Calendar.
- Wolfram Cloud has an interesting musical Random Melodies activity. My older son is really interested in programming music at the moment so we're going to give this one a go.
- AgentCubes online has an Hour of Code tutorial that teaches kids how to built a Frogger style game with 3D graphics.
- For something a bit different, try the text compression activity which is introduced by musician Aloe Blacc. Kids will learn how text, graphics, music and videos are compressed to take up less space.
- For teens and adult beginners we like Hello Processing which introduces the processing language for creating electronic art and media.
- Make School has a Build an iPhone app in a web browser tutorial using the Swift language from Apple.
Also, take a look at our Hour of Code - What's New for 2015 post from last year as there are lots of fab activities there that you can still do next year.
The 'Hour of Code™' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.