It’s that time of year again–the Hour of Code is (almost) here.

The Hour of Code is just that–one hour of coding, done at any point during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10). Educators can find all the information they need here, such as how to get started, which activities to choose and how to promote computer science on a regular basis.

The need to focus more on computer science learning frameworks and opportunities is evident–last year, a two-year Google study exposed racial and gender disparities in computer science education, and it is well-documented that girls tend to lose interest in and disengage from STEM activities by the time they reach middle school.

Part of the goal is to interest students in coding beyond the Hour of Code, and to encourage students to explore how they can use coding in their everyday lives.

Computer science education also has important implications for students’ success in their adult lives. Right now, 71 percent of all new jobs in STEM are in computing, but just 8 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science, according to data.

(Next page: 10 engaging Hour of Code activities)

Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura