The global Hour of Code 2014 effort, which saw more than 20 million students in 76,000 classrooms around the world learn to code, took place recently during Computer Science Education Week, 8-14 December. To celebrate, Microsoft hosted coding events across Asia Pacific in 10 different countries, empowering young people through computer science education – helping them to be creators of technology, not only users.
Together, @america and Microsoft Indonesia hosted an Hour of Code event, training 80 junior high schoolers using code.org resources. In addition, 22 educators from the Partners in Learning network from in and around Jakarta learned basic coding using code.org resources, and learned that computational learning is a tool to enhance teaching as well as to get students excited to code for their future.
The Hour of Code was in full swing in 4 locations across Japan, including at a career session at the Microsoft Japan office in Shinagawa. Microsoft employees introduced TouchDevelop, Code.org materials and Visual Studio to 120 students. Meanwhile, five Microsoft Student Partners, who are currently developing a train the trainer programme for teachers and nonprofits that are supporting youth by integrating coding into their courses, also taught coding skills to younger students.
The Little Pink Coding Party debuted at Microsoft’s Korea office. Together with nonprofit DreamTogether, 107 girls in grades K1 to 9, from 52 schools along with 50 teachers from the Partners in Learning programme, parents of students and some educational experts from other nonprofits learned how to code. Thirty Microsoft Student Partners and Korea’s Imagine Cup champion team, Bomon, took part in this event as mentors.
A total of 100 volunteers, including Microsoft Student Partners, conducted more than 130 Hour of Code events at colleges and schools all over Nepal. Nearly 14,000 students, between the ages of 9 and 19, learned to code and got to know how important computer science can be for their future.
Microsoft New Zealand actively encouraged teachers and students to participate in Hour of Code events as a lead up to the WeSpeakCode campaign in March 2015. They also partnered with High Tech Youth Network to host events at their three main studios in West Auckland, Otara and Hamilton.
A total of 82 Hour of Code events were held in the Philippines with the help of 28 Microsoft Student Partners. Some events were rescheduled due to impending Typhoon Hagupit, but that didn’t stop the teams from accomplishing their goal of teaching K-12 students and others from non-tech colleges how to code.
DX Interns and Microsoft Student Partners taught TouchDevelop to youth from the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) with IDA Lab on Wheels. In addition, as part of the 12 Days of Giving, Microsoft employees hosted 7 staff from nonprofit Children-At-Risk-Empowerment Association (CARE) at the Microsoft Singapore office in a train the trainers session on how to teach their beneficiaries to code using Code.org’s resources and Kodu Game Lab.
For the Microsoft Hour of Code initiative in Taiwan, staff partnered with the New Taipei City government and the American Innovation Center (AIC) to launch the Million Coders campaign. The Deputy Mayor of New Taipei City announced the participation of 1440 schools and 43,200 students in the week of code. The partners plan to expand the campaign goal to reach 500,000 students within the next twelve months. The campaign calls for other cities to join together to bring one million students in Taiwan the experience of learning to code.
More than 200 students and educators attended a Kodu Game Lab training and enjoyed a full day of coding.
Microsoft Vietnam’s DX and MSP teams organized coding events that encouraged 1442 students from local universities and secondary schools to code the day away. More events are being planned under Microsoft’s YTIC project that will see hundreds more students participate in 45 official Hour of Code Events in Vietnam in 2015.
To wrap up Computer Science Education Week, we thank all the people involved in making this year’s Hour of Code campaign a success, especially the young people that participated. View video here.