Once again, Disney and Code.org have teamed up, this time with Lucasfilm, to bring computer science and coding to K-12 students around the globe for Hour of Code. Today, the free online lessons offer a build-your-own game tutorial featuring Princess Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO as well as Rey and BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today, unveiled a Star Wars-themed computer science tutorial featuring Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 as well as Rey and BB-8 from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Disney and Star Wars are dedicated to supporting non-profit Code.org in their mission of expanding computer science education access and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Last year’s big Hour of Code moment year’s featured heroines Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, and was completed more than 14 million times.
This year, kids (and teachers) will learn how to code by building their own Star Wars game; and they will be able to play their completed games on smartphones and share them with their friends and families. The Hour of Code online lesson launch is part of the lead-up to Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13, 2015.
Check out these staggering stats:
· More than 5 million students have enrolled on Code.org’s online learning platform, Code Studio, since its 2014 launch. Forty-three percent of Code Studio students are girls and 37 percent are black or Hispanic.
· Just 23% of computing jobs are held by women
· Only 18% of bachelor’s degrees in computer science are awarded to women
· Girls make up just 22% of high school AP Computer Science exam takers
· Blacks and Latinos hold 18% of computer science bachelor’s degrees
· At the high school level, 9% of AP Computer Science exam takers are Hispanic and just 4% are black
Try a preview of the “Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code” tutorial now on (). The experience will also be available on Disney.com soon.
Code.org is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. After launching in 2013, Code.org organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date – and partnered with 70 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Ballmer Family Giving, Google, Infosys Foundation USA, Microsoft, Omidyar Network and others.
Really - Really - Interesting!!
I try it and it was very interesting, I really liked writing the code. Give it a try then tell everyone about it. Follow the link, and a video tutorial is there to help guide you. It was fun for me because, I love Star Wars and doing puzzles which I thought it was similar too..
Thanks and Enjoy!! #CanDoItMom :-)