Do you believe every child in Baltimore should have the opportunity to learn about computer science? Hundreds of volunteers will teach the Hour of Code during Computer Science Week 2018 and help make Baltimore The City that Codes.
Volunteers have been matched with a participating Baltimore City Public Schools to teach or assist with an Hour of Code activity. No computer science experience is needed, and you can choose the day and time most convenient for you.
This city-wide initiative is organized by a collaboration among Code in the Schools, Accenture, Baltimore City Public Schools and Code.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is “The Hour of Code”?
It is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries during Computer Science Education Week (first week of December). It is a fun way to get students engaged with computer science.
I have no computer science experience, can I volunteer?
ABSOLUTELY! Many of our volunteers have no computer science experience. The activities are fun, easy, and intuitive. All you need to do is practice the assigned activity before you volunteer (about 30 – 45 minutes), and have fun. Plus, you get the school solution guide!
How does The Hour of Code work?
Volunteers teach an Hour of Code using a fully developed age-appropriate curriculum. Teaching requires no coding experience, as the modules are all drag-and-drop and designed for kids with no previous coding experience. Students work through the appropriate lesson plan for their age at their own pace, either on their own computer or in a group setting. Volunteers help students by introducing the activity and then letting the kids work through at their own pace. Volunteers help students who get stuck (volunteers have the solution guide). Those volunteers who work in the technology industry provide students with important role models who can inspire students in pursuing careers in technology by sharing their experience and passion.
What does the volunteer commitment involve?
Volunteering will require about 2 hours of your time. Before your Volunteer Day please take 30 – 45 minutes to read the lesson plan assigned to you and familiarize yourself with the activity for your grade by doing the coding module yourself. On your volunteer day, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early at the school and spend 45 minutes – 1 hour working with students, answering their questions and helping students figure out problems when they are stuck. If you are an IT professional please share how you use computer science in your job.
Why is the Hour of Code important?
Computer Science impacts every aspect of our lives (think GPS, Siri, FaceTime, etc.). For today’s students to be prepared for the future, they need to understand the basics of computational thinking regardless of their career choice. Today, in Baltimore City 7 of our ~170 public schools offer computer science to students, but this is rapidly expanding as educators, legislators, and parents realize the importance of computer science education in preparing students for the future. This year, Maryland passed House Bill 281 which states that by 2021 all Maryland High Schools will offer at least one computer science class. Exposing students to computer science through The Hour of Code is an important step in demystifying the field of computer science and preparing our students for the future.
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