How to organize an Hour of Code event

1. Prepare for your event

  • Determine a venue, date, and time.
  • Send a letter to invite your local mayor, congressman, governor, or influential business person 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.
  • 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 inviting 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 Event Plan

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

Date: Dec. 5th (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)

Run of Show

Time Action
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 Special guest to talk about their background and how technology and computer science plays an important role in their everyday lives.
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 Students demo an unplugged activity and how computer science can be taught without using computers.
11:00 - 11:05 am Teacher who helped bring school-wide event gives closing remarks.