Everyone should learn how to code.
Just a few decades ago, coding was an obscure activity practiced only by a handful of expert scientists and researchers. Now, nearly a quarter of the way through the 21st century, coding is integrated into our daily lives in ways that are profound and sometimes surprising.
Look around and it is difficult to find someone without a powerful computer in their pocket or wrist. Beyond that, computing devices run our cars, our toys, and even our homes.
Learning the language of these devices ensures that you are not simply a passive user of modern technology but are able to engage with it and manipulate it.
With just a few coding skills, you can add personal automations to your smart devices or write scripts to help with your taxes. Of course, coding skills also open a world of career opportunities. Even more generally, practicing coding engages your brain in logical thinking and problem solving – important practices for anyone, young or old.
Coding Activities for Beginners
For all of the reasons above, the Hour of Code has been a popular coding activity for beginners in schools for nearly a decade. The goal of the Hour of Code is to demystify the concept of coding and to promote the idea that anyone – yes, anyone – can code.
Coding need not be scary or intimidating or relegated only to upper-level high school classes. Kids can truly start coding even before they are reading.
Since its inception in 2013, the Hour of Code has evolved into a worldwide grass-roots effort to celebrate coding and to encourage all students, particularly those intimidated by technology, to dip their toes into this exciting and growing world.
Educators and partners have developed thousands of activities to introduce the fundamental concepts of coding, enabling students of all ages to learn coding basics and succeed in a field that might have otherwise felt mysterious or daunting.
The goal is to pull the curtain back and show students that coding is little more than learning how to communicate carefully and logically. Once students understand the basics, look out – their imaginations usually do the rest.
An Integral Tool for STEAM Classrooms
If you are looking for a fun, engaging, rewarding, and scalable Hour of Code activity for your students, look no further than Onshape.
Many people know of Onshape as a state-of-the-art professional CAD package. Beyond that, it is the perfect tool for integrating design, collaboration, and coding into your classroom. Teachers can use Onshape to teach physics, electronics, geometry, calculus, and more. Onshape is a central tool for any STEAM classroom.
Remarkably, this professional-grade design platform is free to students and educators. Click the button below to sign up for your free education account and start designing and coding today.
If you’re new to CAD or Onshape, you’ll want to check out the free resources in our Learning Center. In particular, our Intro to CAD course is a complete CAD curriculum built by teachers for teachers. There are also courses on running a class with Onshape as well as more advanced courses diving into Onshape’s native programming language, FeatureScript.