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This article was published on December 7, 2015


Star Wars, Cartoon Network and even the Russian government are getting kids coding

Star Wars, Cartoon Network and even the Russian government are getting kids coding
Kirsty Styles
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Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She l Kirsty Styles is a journalist who lives in Hackney. She was previously editor at Tech City News and is now a reporter at The Next Web. She loves tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech.

This week, kids from across the world can start their #HourOfCode whether they love Star Wars, are Cartoon Network fans, or are passing by an Apple Store.

There are 191,000 events in more than 180 countries happening all this week, both online and offline, with challenges including creating a Star Wars game using JavaScript.

The Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears has become the latest brand to hop on board, offering a Scratch tutorial with the program’s favorite characters, plus other projects for kids to remix.

Kids in New York, Toyko, San Francisco, Sydney, Brussels and Chicago can all stop by their local Apple store starting today for a scheduled session exploring different platforms like Crossy Road and Lightbot.

Code.org‘s CEO Hadi Partovi will make a special appearance at the first session in NYC this evening to emphasize the importance of computer science education.

The Russian government is again supporting the program, which 7 million of its children joined last year.

In total in 2014, some 60 million worldwide tried the #HourOfCode, 43 percent of which were girls, while more than one third were black or hispanic kids.

Code.org already looks on target to smash this figure.

For more on how the team behind Star Wars helped to create their #HourOfCode tutorial, check out this piece.

Hour of Code [Code.org]