How to bring the Hour of Code to your company

Inspire students and volunteer for the Hour of Code

Code.org offers the opportunity for your employees to connect with local classrooms doing the Hour of Code where they can share their tech career experience and inspire students to study computer science.

Additional ways companies can support the Hour of Code:

  • Ask your CEO to send a company-wide email emphasizing the importance of computer science and encouraging employees to spread the word.
  • Host an Hour of Code Happy Hour with coworkers to try the activities.
  • Host an Hour of Code event for a local classroom of students or non profits partners to do an Hour of Code at your company’s office. See event how-to guide below.

How to host an Hour of Code event with students

1. Promote your Hour of Code

  • Promote your Hour of Code event and encourage others to host.
  • Encourage software engineers at your company to visit a local classroom to help lead an Hour of Code and inspire students to study computer science. They can sign up to be connected with a classroom.

2. Watch this how-to video

3. Choose an activity

We host a variety of fun, hour-long activities for participants of all ages, created by a variety of partners. Try them out!

All Hour of Code activities require minimal prep-time, and are self-guided - allowing participants to work at their own pace and skill-level.

4. Plan your technology needs - computers are optional

The best Hour of Code experience includes Internet-connected computers. But you don’t need a computer for every participant, and you can even do the Hour of Code without a computer at all.

Plan Ahead! Do the following before your event starts:

  • Test activities on computers or devices. Make sure they work properly on browsers with sound and video.
  • Provide headphones, or ask participants to bring their own, if the activity you choose works best with sound.
  • Don't have enough devices? Use pair programming. When participants partner up, they help each other and rely less on the organizer. They’ll also see that computer science is social and collaborative.
  • Have low bandwidth? Plan to show videos at the front of the event, so each participant isn't downloading their own videos. Or try the unplugged / offline activities.

5. Start your Hour of Code off with an inspiring video

Kick off your Hour of Code by inspiring participants and discussing how computer science impacts every part of our lives. Share more about what inspired you to pursue computer science and your role at your company.

Show an inspirational video:

Ideas to introduce your Hour of Code activity to students:

  • Explain ways technology impacts our lives, with examples both boys and girls will care about - talk about technology that’s saving lives, helping people, connecting people.
  • If you are a tech company, demo fun, innovative products your company is working on.
  • If you aren’t a tech company, discuss ways your company uses technology to solve problems and accomplish goals.
  • Invite software engineers from your company to speak about why they decided to study computer science and the projects they work on.
  • See tips for getting girls interested in computer science here.

6. Code!

Direct participants to the activity

  • Write the activity link on a whiteboard. Find the link listed on the information for your selected activity under the number of participants.
  • For younger students, load the activity page ahead of time or save it as a bookmark.

When participants come across difficulties it's okay to respond:

  • “I don’t know. Let’s figure this out together.”
  • “Technology doesn’t always work out the way we want.”
  • “Learning to program is like learning a new language; you won’t be fluent right away.”

What to do if someone finishes early?

  • They can try another Hour of Code activity at hourofcode.com/learn
  • Or, ask them to help a friend who are having trouble with the activity.

 

7) Celebrate