Can you believe that Hour of Code 2021 is only a month away? During Computer Science Education Week — December 6–12 — we hope you’ll participate and join us in celebrating computer science everywhere.
From the depths of outer space to the devices in our hands, computer science impacts so many different subjects and fields. Our new tutorials shine a spotlight on how computer science might connect to part of your life. You can use code to save a virtual forest, conditional statements to create a 90s-style screensaver, and sequences and loops to join a dance circle! This year, you’ll find 90 all-new activities from dozens of providers at hourofcode.com/learn. (And users now have the ability to search among our 750 total activities!) Here are some of our teacher reviewers’ favorite new tutorials:
For beginners of all ages
Space Talk: Launch into Scratch coding (from Raspberry Pi Foundation)
Create an out-of-this-world space scene with characters that “emote” to share their thoughts or feelings using sounds, colors, and actions. Use Scratch blocks to code your characters with graphic effects, costume animation, speech bubbles, and sound effects.
Blocks Jumper: Game Creation (from CodeMonkey Studios)
Create games and projects with block coding! In this short course, students learn to create a simple jumper game using basic event and function blocks.
Save the Forest! (from Microsoft Makecode)
Code a game that recreates the conditions for a forest fire — and then code your fire-fighting air tanker plane to spray water and put out the flames!
Minecraft Timecraft (from Minecraft: Education Edition)
Travel back in time and learn basic coding concepts to correct mysterious mishaps throughout history. Along the way, connect with great innovators and inventions in science, architecture, music, engineering, and more.
Discover Python with Compute it (from Toxicode)
Let’s switch roles: This time, YOU are the computer! Read and interpret Python programs to find the right trajectory and win challenges. You’ll have to focus and use your intuitive abilities to understand some core concepts of Python.
Screen Saver (from Blackbird)
Radical! Learn how to use conditional statements to create a cool 90s style screensaver.
Code Your Self-Portrait (from Code/Art)
Program your own portrait using p5.js! Get creative with code by incorporating your favorite artistic styles and personal touches to create a true masterpiece.
Physical computing and robotics activities
Ozobot Blockly Challenge: OzoTown (from Ozobot)
The Ozobot Blockly OzoTown will teach advanced sequencing as students use logic, reasoning, and computer science skills to navigate real life scenarios. No bot needed!
Dash Joins a Dance Circle (from Lauren Milne)
Dash wants to learn how to dance! Can you help her drive in and out and show her stuff in the middle? This activity is student-directed and will teach the user about sequencing and loops.
Micro:bit pet (from micro:bit)
Remember the virtual pet craze? (We might still have a Tamagotchi around here somewhere.) With this tutorial, you can code your own electronic pet and customize it to make it uniquely yours!
We are so grateful to the activity providers who continue to make Hour of Code fun and exciting each year! We hope that this growing list of fun options makes it easier than ever to bring an Hour of Code to students of all ages. However you choose to participate, we can’t thank you enough for your effort and support!
— The Code.org team
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