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.
- 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
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
|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.