“Hour of Code” is a type of coding exercise from Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to teaching students computer science.
Your student can complete any “Hour of Code” activity in one hour or less, and each activity is themed after something fun, like Star Wars, Frozen, or Minecraft. The activities will introduce your student to computer programming in a fun, engaging way!
I love to recommend “Hour of Code” to parents and students as a way gauge interest in computer programming. If your student is itching for more after completing one or two activities, it’s a good indication that they’re interested in doing more computer programming.
Find out if they’re interested in coding.
Have them pick an activity that looks fun to them. Then, let them have at it! Programming is a ton of fun. If they’re not having fun with an activity because of the theme, try picking an activity with a theme that looks more interesting to them.
…Did they like the “Hour of Code“?
If so, then congratulations: Your student has an interest in computer programming! Encourage that interest and download the Scratch programming language for them to experiment with, or buy my Coding Foundations curriculum to give them advice and training from a professional computer programmer.