Bigs and Littles: Get Your Code On!

Attention Bigs and Littles! Ever wanted to try learning how to code? Now’s the time!

Computer Science Education Week is December 5-11, 2016. The mission is to promote Computer Science with the belief that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn Computer Science.  To facilitate this outreach Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest wants to offer our youth the opportunity to participate in “The Hour of Code”. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.

What is it? It’s easy. The website code.org  provides fun and easy computer programming activities allowing anyone from Kindergarten to adult to try simple coding concepts.  The activities have themes like Star Wars, Minecraft, Art and Music. There is something for everyone!  They introduce simple coding concepts using an easy drag-and-drop interface, called “blocks”.

What do I do? We ask that you to bring a device (laptop or tablet) with you when you meet with your Little. You and your Little will work together on one device to participate in the Hour of Code. If coding is new to you, then tell that to your Little. They will be excited that the two of you are learning together!

Want Extra Credit? Print this certificate and fill in your Little’s name and present it to them at your Hour of Code!

OR you can visit the website and fill in the child’s name before printing.

This is fun and easy. You can give your Little a chance to be a part of this global event, a participant in the Hour of Code. If you have any questions please email Tracey (Tracey.Gustafson@bbbscm.org)

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Day of Code FAQs

  1. I don’t see my Little during the Dec. 5 – 11 week. Can we participate? — Yes, just do it any other week. The website is available to use now and will continue to be available all year.
  2. I don’t have an hour, can I participate? – Yes use whatever time you have, or finish over 2 or 3 visits. There are no rules!
  3. My Little finished quickly, can I do more than one? — Yes, do as many as you like. The website is available all year!
  4. Can we do the activity on my phone? — Yes they run on Android and iPhone phones. However I did find it easier to do on a larger screen.
  5. What if there is no wifi when I meet with my Little? – Many of the activities have an offline version which you can download onto your device first and then play without being connected to the internet. This requires advance planning on your part. Select an activity, scroll down the page and look for the link that says, “Don’t have Internet? Download the offline version.” You will be able to download the activity onto your device (select create an icon). Then click the icon to play it when you are offline.

Get out there and code away! And if you do– send us your pictures and tell us how it went! Happy coding 🙂

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