The Hour of Code

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Check out the tutorials.

When is the Hour of Code?

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 7-13, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. You’re welcome to split up the Hour of Code into multiple sessions so long as your students finish the Hour of Code tutorial. Just do whatever works best for you and your students. (And if you can’t do it during that week, do it the week before or after).

Why computer science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats on


How to Participate in the Hour of Code

Many teachers in the district already have plans to have their students participate in the Hour of Code.  Here are some guides to get started with:

Prizes for every educator

  • One public school in every US state (and Washington D.C.) will win $10,000 worth of technology
  • Every organizer will receive $10 to, iTunes or Windows Store as a thank-you gift! While supplies last.
  • More exciting prizes

Star Wars – Hour of Code Introduction

Ana and Elsa – Hour of Code Introduction