NH schools gear up for Hour of Code

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The Hour of Code is a national initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming, created to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

Jean Yang, a computer scientist and technology blogger, explains that "computer science is the study of what machines can do for us".

Monday marked the beginning of Computer Science Education Week, an annual worldwide program dedicated to encouraging K-12 students to engage with coding and computer science. This year, Pariss Chandler, who learned to code over just eight weeks and recently landed a developer position at a local organization, will return to Amigos Elementary, the bilingual elementary school she attended in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to lead an Hour of Code and inspire the next generation to learn computer science skills essential in today's job market.

Those who made the pledge include Florida Governor Rick Scott, who made a $15 million investment to increase opportunities for middle and high school students and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who launched a Computer Science for California campaign to bring CS education to all students in California by 2025.

Celebrities have joined the movement this year to boost computer science education.

Your participation will earn you an RCOE Hour of Code digital badge and a certificate of participation from UCR Extension.

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In addition to these partnered events, Microsoft is hosting an Hour of Code event with 14 Detroit middle schools participating in virtual and in-person sessions, all to compete for a chance to participate in an exclusive event at the Microsoft Technology Center.

We have a lot planned throughout the world for Computer Science Education Week.

At P.S. 241 in Brooklyn, for example, Snoopy teamed up with codeSpark Academy to debut Snoopy Snow Brawl, a learn-to-code game. Tutorials are available in more than 45 languages with themes including Minecraft, Star Wars, Google Doodles and more.

Also this week the girls are encouraged to post what they're learning about on social media using #girlsintechkc.

Grade 7 student, Rishab Chakraborty wants to use coding to become the next Elon Musk, "I think coding is a very powerful tool and I think we can use it to solve many global problems".

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