t's the time of year when the world-class Hour of Code once more commences; just an hour for introducing coding to the uninitiated, having them complete self guided tutorials. But is a hour sufficient? What can a beginner actually code within this limit? The answer is a bit more complicated than that, so let's find out all about it!
Integrated into the larger, worldwide, annual Computer Science Education week, this year taking place December 4-10, Hour of Code's novel mission has always been to get everybody coding, aged from 4 to 104, by providing:
"a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code, showing that anybody can learn the basics, and broadening participation in the field of computer science".
But first of all, why this obsession with Computer Science, in particular in getting kids as young as 4 to learn to code? The answer is simple. Nowadays code is everywhere around us, from desktop computers to mobile phones and, thanks to with IoT, encompassing refrigerators and TV sets through to software driven cars and robots.
As someone has to write code for controlling all those things, it's pretty obvious to assume that those with a solid background in coding will enjoy much better career opportunities than those one without.
Skills in coding are destined to be even more sought after as soon as AI firmly establishes itself and gets widely commercialized.The first glimpses..