36 Outstanding Hour of Code Resources for Parents & Teachers

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We have put together a list of Hour of Code™ resources for parents and teachers. What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code was created to give all students around the world an opportunity to learn to code. It is a weeklong celebration that started in schools but anyone can participate!

The event happens during Computer Science Education Week. You can read more about CSEd Week here.

Hour of code resources for parents founded the Hour of Code; here is what they say about it: “The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.” –

You do NOT need to know programming to participate in An Hour of Code or use the resources listed below.

I taught myself programming in graduate school and spent 15 years in a STEM career where coding played a significant role. It’s easy to learn and teaches logic, critical thinking, and math skills.

My children, now in or pursuing STEM careers (mechanical engineering and biology), have had to use coding to perform instrumentation design, project management, statistical analysis, and more.

hour of code resources for parents and teachers

You never know what future activities or jobs your children will have that might require some coding knowledge. Plus, your child will use the logic and problem-solving skills they will develop when learning to code can be used in many situations, not just a career.

Use the Hour of Code week and some of the resources below to introduce your children to coding.

Don’t have a computer to use?

If you are short on computer resources, you can still teach your child programming logic and concepts. There are some unplugged Hour of Code activities listed below too. See the Unplugged section.

You can use these throughout the year, just let these Hour of Code resources help your child get a start in coding!

Hour of code resources - computer-based and unplugged New to Hour of Code? START HERE

Here are two Hour of Code resources to read to get familiar with the event:

Brand New to Coding?

List of Coding Resources for Varying Levels

Apps to Help Teach Coding

Unplugged Hour of Code Activities

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