Hour of Code campaign comes to Maine

Sixteen Maine schools have already pledged to participate, and Project>Login will host an Hour-of-Code Dojo at the Augusta Civic Center on Dec. 14

More than 5,000 Maine students from 16 schools will join a national campaign to demystify computer science during the Hour of Code campaign in December – and additional schools may register through Nov. 15. The event is scheduled to coincide with Computer Science Week from Dec. 9-15, during which Project>Login will also host Maine’s first statewide Hour of Code Dojo.

Educators are encouraged to host the Hour of Code as a classroom activity. Hour of Code activities are designed to be simple and self-directed, with no experts required. Samples of computer-based tutorials and group activities are already available, and more will be released throughout November. Check out the full participation guide for schools for more information.

Schools pledging to offer an Hour of Code to all of their students will be eligible to win laptops, cloud storage and chats with national technology leaders, including Bill Gates, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Susan Wojcicki of Google.

The statewide Hour of Code Dojo, held Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center, will provide free online tutorials and group games to demystify computer programming. Project>Login is seeking volunteers, no matter their level of computer literacy, to participate in Dojo as mentors or co-learners. Volunteer registration is being coordinated through Maine Robotics.

The national Hour of Code campaign is sponsored by Microsoft, Google, Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn and over 100 other partners.

Learn more about the Hour of Code in Maine at Project>Login’s collaboration group on LinkedIn.

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