Created as a global initiative by code.org, the annual Hour of Code event is a great way to introduce kids to coding. It starts in December every year, but schools, libraries and other organizations have the freedom to host an event whenever they’d like. The idea is simple: Kids participating in an Hour of Code event complete activities that teach coding basics for 60 minutes, and hopefully inspire them to continue learning computer programming skills and pursue coding careers. An Hour of Code event can serve as an individual activity or the introduction to a coding program in your library.

“Computer programming can unlock a hopeful future for kids in your community,” says Luke Miller, the founder of Fiero Code, a fun and engaging learn-to-code platform for kids ages 8-18. Fiero Code uses gamification to help kids learn computer programming skills such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and more.

To help you plan an Hour of Code event, Fiero Code has created a helpful guide full of tips and ideas. Keep reading to learn how to get your event started using Fiero Code!

Computer programming can unlock a hopeful future for kids in your community.

Luke Miller
Founder
Fiero Code

Step 1: Pick a date for your Hour of Code event. You can choose for your event to coincide with December’s annual Hour of Code initiative, or plan a different date that works best for your school or library. Hour of Code events can be held all year long! Some popular times aside from December include school vacations and summer breaks. You can also use this opportunity to kick off a coding club or related program in your school or library.

Step 2: Promote the event. If you use Fiero Code, there are plenty of resources available on EBSCO Connect to help you get the word out. Customize any of the materials to include information about the Hour of Code initiative or your event. If you want to be creative, make your own flyers to give to students or write a catchy social media post or email!

Step 3: Time to party! An Hour of Code event is supposed to be both fun and educational. Fiero Code makes it easy for students to have fun while they learn to code: All activities are gamified and designed for their enjoyment. During the hour, kids can try various activities, coding languages and exercises. Remember to encourage students to work together to solve problems and cheer them on, if they are having fun they’ll come back to keep learning and building skills.

Step 4: Come up with a game plan for after the event. While Hour of Code events are fun to host, think about what kinds of programs you can offer after your event is over. An hour isn’t nearly enough time for kids to get the most out of coding. A before-school or after-school club can be a great way to keep the coding fun going, even just a six to eight week program can keep kids engaged.

By offering coding opportunities to kids at your library using Fiero Code, you’ll be helping them build lifelong skills and create more opportunities for future success.

Find more tips and tricks for hosting your own Hour of Code event with this helpful guide from Fiero Code.

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