How to organize an Hour of Code assembly or event

Get your entire school or community involved in an Hour of Code!


1. Prepare for your event

  • Determine a venue, date, and time.
  • Send a letter to your local mayor, member of Congress, governor, or influential business person and invite them to speak. Check out our how-to toolkit when hosting an elected official during an Hour of Code for more info.
  • Invite media/press. i.e. local news station, newspaper, education/tech bloggers. See our press kit for help.

2. During your event

  • Kick off your event with one of our inspirational videos.
  • Give an intro overviewing the importance of computer science, using these stats and infographics.

  • Other event ideas:

    • Invite a local industry leader to discuss his or her work involving computer science.
    • Invite a local politician and have students teach him or her how to code.
    • Have a group of students demonstrate an unplugged activity.
    • Have a group of students teach the principal or a group of teachers how to code.
    • If your school already teaches computer science, have students demo projects.

3. Share how it went

Share pictures of your event on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #HourOfCode.


Host a Family Code Night with the Hour of Code and invite parents to participate

Consider hosting a K-5 evening event and invite parents to join their students for an hour of computer science. This is a great way to engage the larger community and encourage parent support for computer science at your school. Our partners at Family Code Night have created an all-in-one event kit with planning checklist, presenter’s script, invitation emails, posters, powerpoints, and more to run your own event. Click here to download the Event Kit.


Example plan for a school assembly or event

Event: School-wide Computer Science Education Week kick-off assembly

Date: Oct. 9 (start of Computer Science Education Week)

Time: During the school day. Mid-morning event preferred. Approximately 1 hour.

Location: School assembly hall (e.g. theater, gym, cafeteria)

Programa

Hora Activitat
10.00-10.05 am Open with one of our inspirational videos.
10.05-10.15 am Principal gives an intro overviewing the importance of computer science. Use these stats and infographics.
10.15-10.30 am Xerrades dels convidats per parlar de la seva experiència i de com la tecnologia i la informàtica tenen un paper important en la seva vida quotidiana.
10.30-10.40 am Students do an Hour of Code demo for the school. Fun twist: have them teach the principal, politician, or other students!
10.40-11.00 am Mostra per part dels estudiants sense ordinadors per demostrar que es pot treballar la informàtica sense utilitzar aparells.
11.00-11.05 am El professor que ha ajudat a ur a terme l'esdeveniment a l'escola dóna el discurs de cloenda.