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Celebrate Hour of Code/ CSEdWeek with Scratch

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 December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week, featuring Hour of Code—an initiative to encourage kids of all ages to engage in one hour of coding and learn about the limitless possibilities that computer science opens up. The Media Lab’s Scratch team and the Scratch Foundation are participating in CSEdWeek with lots of fun activities and opportunities for kids, parents, and educators to use their imaginations and get creative with code.

On Monday, 12/4, the daily Google Doodle featured the first-ever coding doodle, made of Scratch Blocks. Champika Fernando of the Media Lab’s Scratch team shares the backstory on the programmable doodle, and tells the story of finding her way to computer science in her own life, in Celebrating 50 years of Kids Coding.


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You can also use Scratch to create your own Google logo this week—a great way to get kids engaged in an hour of code!

Even pre-readers can get excited about coding. ScratchJr’s teacher-led activities guide younger children through programming a sunset, creating a forest, and make animals greet each other.

The Scratch website has lots of other tips and tutorials for getting started with computer coding, from simple animations to games, music, and storytelling.

Learn more about Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code, and find more resources to get kids engaged in coding.

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