Have you heard about An Hour of Code? It’s Code.org’s initiative to introduce millions of people, particularly students, to code and coding concepts. Here’s Code.org in their own words:
Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
An Hour of Code officially runs from December 8th-14th, 2014, during Computer Science Education Week. This year, the tutorials kick off with Artist with Anna and Elsa. Developed in partnership with Disney Interactive, the Disney Infinity versions of Arendelle’s royal sisters guide the user through the creation of frozen fractals using basic coding skills.
The live version of Artist with Anna and Elsa will be hosted by four women from the tech industry, reinforcing the message that women are integral to the field’s future. You can try the beta version here. I loved it. They’ve gamified coding, which is excellent by itself. Adding the Frozen siblings is bound to draw impressive numbers of interested fans.