300+ Hour of Code events for NZ students next week

Coding is deeply creative work, say Nidhi Kulkarni and Erin Parker, co-founders of Spitfire Athlete, a strength training app.The annual global ‘Hour of Code’ campaign is next week, 4th December to 10th December, in Computer Science Education Week.

‘Hour of Code’ is a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with free 1-hour coding activities, designed to demystify “code” and show that it can be fun and creative, accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background, gender and ethnic and socioeconomic group.

The grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide, and according to hourofcode.com 302 events are registered as taking place in New Zealand next week.

Microsoft New Zealand, Apple NZ, OMGTech!, schools, computer education groups and others are running the events. Events are tutored by volunteer tech experts and online tutorials at Code.org, including Minecraft in Te Reo launched last year.

More information

There does not appear to be an online list of NZ event or contact details, but if you scroll down on https://hourofcode.com/nz/events/all/nz  there is a list of school, library and organisation names registered with Hour of Code (as well as a number of what appear to be individuals), who may be able to advise on local events.

https://omgtech.co.nz/hourofcode/ were offering to assist at schools

https://news.microsoft.com/en-nz/2016/12/07/minecraft-tutorials-now-available-in-te-reo-for-hour-of-code/

https://www.apple.com/nz/newsroom/2017/11/apple-celebrates-hour-of-code-at-all-apple-stores/