7 Hour of Code Activities for Students

By: Tina Shaffer

This week (December 4-10), tens of millions of students across the globe will participate in the 2017 Hour of Code Challenge. This global movement, which is now in its fifth year, is an opportunity to introduce students to the ever-growing world of computer science. Whether at school or at home, anyone can participate. No experience is needed!

Check out these 7 activities to get your students started:

  1. Create Your Own Google Logo (grades 2+): Students can become designers and programmers for the day as they use their imagination and creativity to create their own Google logos. They’ll use code to bring their logos to life as they make the letters dance, tell a story or create a game.
  2. Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code (grades 2+): Kids can learn to program droids, write code that helps Rey guide BB-8 through a space mission, or create their own Star Wars game in a galaxy far, far away.
  3. Minecraft: Hero’s Journey (grades 2+): Microsoft and Code.org teamed up for a brand new Minecraft activity for this year’s Hour of Code Challenge. Students can choose their character (Steve or Alex) and head off on a coding adventure through the world of Minecraft.
  4. Code with Anna and Elsa (grades 2+): Kids can join Disney’s Anna and Elsa on a magical journey as they explore the beauty of ice and design their own winter wonderland.
  5. Space Quest (grades 2-5): Students will explore unfamiliar landscape and encounter aliens and obstacles as they search for a ship to bring their astronaut home.
  6. Robot Rattle (grades 2-8): Students will operate a simulated robot by dragging and dropping blocks to write code instructions. They’ll learn how to move its joints with the use of angles as well as program it to push and grab objects. This activity also includes an immersive VR experience!
  7. Wonder Woman (grades 9+): Students, ages 14 and older, will discover their coding superpowers as they help Wonder Woman navigate obstacles and reach her goal.

For more tutorials, visit Code.org’s Hour of Code Activities site.