Hour Of Code: Get Involved!

By Erin Mulcahy

On December 8-14, we’re joining over 47 MILLION (!!) people in 180+ countries around the world in celebrating Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code.


Whether you are a student, teacher or parent in the littleBits community, there are tons of ways you can participate in this global movement! In the meantime, save the date and check out these ideas for how you can get involved.

littleBits + Hour of Code: Ways to Participate

1. Try out the littleBits Arduino Sketches

With the littleBits Arduino module, you can take your coding lessons to the next level! We’ve compiled 8 sketches that can be made with the Arduino Coding Kit and are a perfect introduction to the world of programming and physical computing. You’ll move from blinking a light to playing your friend in a game of analog pong in no time!


2. Host an event

The Hour of Code site has some great resources for getting started, including teacher guides, event registration and informative videos. You could also join an organization like Coderdojo or Girls Who Code, which host clubs in the US and around the world. It’s a fun and collaborative way to build your skills!

If you do host a littleBits powered event, send us the details and we’ll add it to our calendar and social channels.



3. Join us in bitLab Live on 12/9

In this very special edition of bitLab Live, we’ll be focusing on programming with the Arduino module with  a surprise guest star MASSIMO! Be sure to tune in for the show; it’s a great way to kick off the week with your students!

Massimo Banner


4. Learn with visual programming

Have you seen the Scratch extensions that our community members developed? There are now beta versions available for Scratch 1.4 offline and Scratch 2.0 online and offline. Test them out to get your feet wet with visual programming and littleBits.



5. Share your work

We can’t wait to see what you develop during the Hour of Code! Send us your pics and tweets @littleBits and post your projects, workshops and lessons on our site using #HourofCode #InventAnything.


To get pumped up for the big event, take a look at Ayah’s inspirational Made with Code video to hear how, “When you put your first few lines of code together and suddenly it says “Hello world!” that moment is indescribable and gives you such empowerment and such confidence.”

Here’s to making this year the largest, most impactful Hour of Code yet; have fun!


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