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Do you have a connection to CS or tech? If you work in software engineering, at a tech company in any role (non-engineer or engineering), or you’ve taken computer science courses, you can help inspire students! Many students have never met anyone who works in the tech industry and our teachers love being able to connect their classrooms to professionals and university students.
You can be a guest speaker in a classroom, or help a teacher run the activity. Visit a local classroom to inspire students to keep learning computer science.
Do you believe that learning computer science can open doors of opportunity for students? Help out in a local classroom or organize an after school event! You don’t need any background in computer science to host an Hour of Code. And, just offering to help out is often enough to convince your child’s teacher, a friend, or a club to try an hour.
Tell your friends and co-workers about the Hour of Code. Thousands of teachers are looking for volunteers, so ask them to sign up as a volunteer. Ask your employer to get involved. Send this email to your manager or the CEO to get everyone on board.
When you're hosting an Hour of Code event, follow the sample agenda below to help guide your day. Before then, make sure you sign into the school and greet the teacher the day of the event. Confirm the agreed schedule for the day and discuss any talking points.
|1-5 minutes||Show an inspirational video.|
Introduce yourself and learn more about the students:
Ask the students questions and leave time for Q&A.
|30-60 minutes||Code! Walk around, answer questions, and guide them through tough puzzles. Try not to give students the solution outright, instead, try asking them questions so they can answer themselves what went wrong, and encourage students to ask each other if they have questions. Learning from each other is a great learning opportunity.|
|1-3 minutes||Thank everyone and share inspirational parting words. Hand out any of your company swag (stickers are awesome)!|
|After||Make a lasting change: Talk to the teacher about turning the Hour of Code into a full computer science course! Go to code.org/yourschool with your teacher to fill in what this school teaches today and encourage them to pledge to bring ccomputer science to their classroom.|
<h3> After the Event: </h3> <ul> <li> Share your photos and stories with Code.org at firstname.lastname@example.org. </li> <li> Remember to enter in your volunteer hours in your company’s volunteer tracking portal. </li> <li> Share about your experience on social media #HourOfCode! </li> <li> If you do take pictures/videos during the event, <strong>especially with students</strong>, make sure you get teacher/parent permission if you would like to post your stories on social media. </li> <li> And, check back in a month: Is the teacher interested in offering a computer science course? Share <a href="https://code.org/yourschool">resources and professional learning opportunities to help them do this</a>. </li> </ul> <h2> How you get selected as a technical volunteer of guest speaker </h2> <ul> <li> Teachers will be searching for volunteers on our <a href="https://code.org/volunteer/local">volunteer map</a>. </li> <li> Try to make your profile as complete as possible to increase the chance that a teacher will select you. </li> <li> A teacher will contact you through this form (your email address will never be shared with the teacher). <em>If you are receiving too many requests from teachers, you can always update your preferences by clicking the link to edit your information or unsubscribe, provided at the bottom of any email from a teacher.</em> </li> </ul> <h2> Volunteering during the Hour of Code FAQ </h2> <h3> I haven't been contacted by a teacher yet. How can I still volunteer? </h3> <p> Try searching for local schools and call the principal/teacher/front office and ask how you can help. </p> <h3> How long do classroom visits last for? </h3> <p> An in-person classroom visit usually lasts 60-90 minutes while a virtual classroom visit usually lasts 20-30 minutes. </p> <h3> What age group is the Hour of Code activity appropriate for? </h3> <p> Code.org and our partners design all the Hour of Code activities to engage students of all grade levels (K-12), boys and girls, from all backgrounds. Everyone, even adults can have fun playing! </p> <p> <a href='/dk/#join'>