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Is Coding on Your Resolutions list?

Source: Mosman Daily
(Image source: Mosman Daily)

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? Do your plans include anything to do with computer science, such as learning how to code? In a time when digital technology impacts on almost every part of our lives, why not have a closer look at getting involved in some big digital events like the Hour of Code?

Every year, just before Christmas, students of almost all ages and from almost all countries take part in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org. It currently reaches tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. Anyone, anywhere, can take part in it.

Students participating in the Hour of Code each year not only practice programming, but also demonstrate that anybody can learn how to code. And, whilst gender inequality can be an issue when it comes to technology, girls are highly encouraged to be involved in this event and to take part in the digital world.

Sydney Programming School are excited to see the Hour of Code occurring in locations around Australia. In particular, we wanted to provide a very local example of girls cracking computer coding right here, in Mosman NSW. As part of their Computer Science Education Week, Queenwood School for Girls organised an Hour of Code workshop for their Junior School students last year. According to an article in the Mosman Daily on the workshop, all the girls were enthusiastic about the coding tasks and they “all asked for extra activities to do in the school holidays.”

At Sydney Programming School, we believe that computer science is about making a difference – a difference not only in a student’s own personal development, but ultimately also in the wider world. Learning how to code will help students to succeed, no matter who or what they want to be in the future.

The Hour of Code is, of course, extremely enjoyable experience for students and experience definitely worth looking into and trying out. So whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, why not add one extra – and get ready for the Hour of Code in December 2015.

Want to know what makes a girl fall in love with code? Find out here.

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