9 great free activities for Hour of Code

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
December 7th, 2015

Annual Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week, encourages educators and students to participate in one hour of coding

hour-of-codeComputer science skills have enjoyed more time in the spotlight as educators, policymakers and celebrities tout the importance of coding and programming skills. This year’s Hour of Code reinforces computer science’s growing importance.

The Hour of Code asks students, teachers, and anyone who is interested to devote at least one hour to coding during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-11).

Participants can choose from guided tutorials or can join in scheduled Hour of Code activities that education or community groups have organized.

According to, the group behind the Hour of Code, there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than students by 2020, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics projections. But activities like the Hour of Code can help more students sustain an interest in computer science.

Following are 9 resources to help students and educators participate in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.