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Hour of Code

What is Computer Science?

"Think about things in your everyday life that use computer science: a cell phone, a microwave, a computer, a traffic light… all of these things needed a computer scientist to help build them.”  ~Or: “Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more."


"Anyone can learn code"


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"Learning to Write Programs Stretches Your Mind" Bill Gates

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"In partnership with, we’re challenging 10 million youth to participate in the Hour of Code. That means just one hour of learning the basics of computer science. It’s easy, fun and you can do it for free with one of our free tools below. Start right now!"

~ Microsoft-Hour of Code

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Edutopia suggests a few apps/or web based programs that will support students in learning code.  Just search for the following:

  1. Move the Turtle (Apple app-est. $2.99)
  2. Cargo-Bot (Apple app-free)
  3. Daisy the Dinosaur (Apple app-free)
  4. Scratch (MIT students/staff developed-Web platform)
  5. GameStar Mechanic (Web platform)

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