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.
  • Nodig media en pers uit zoals de locale nieuwsstation, de krant of bloggers. Bekijk onze pers kit voor hulp.

2. During your event

  • Kick off your event with one of our inspirational videos.
  • Geef een inleiding over het belang van programmeren, met behulp van deze statistieken en 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: 3 dec. (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)

Programma

Tijdstip Actie
10:00-10:05 Open with one of our inspirational videos.
10:05-10:15 Principal gives an intro overviewing the importance of computer science. Use these stats and infographics.
10:15-10:30 Speciale gasten praten over hun achtergrond en welke belangrijke rol programmeren in hun alledaagse leven heeft.
10:30-10:40 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 Studenten laten een unplugged activiteit zien om te demonstreren hoe programmeren kan worden geleerd zonder computers.
11:00-11:05 De leraar die het evenement heeft georganiseerd sluit af.