We’ve teamed up with Amazon as part of their Amazon Future Engineer initiative to take part in Hour of Code: Dance Party. Dance Party 2019 has been co-created by Amazon and Code.org to encourage children of all ages to try coding by making it fun and interactive. It’s part of Amazon Future Engineer, Amazon’s childhood-to-career programme that inspires children and young adults to try computer science. Amazon Future Engineer focuses on helping students from all backgrounds, particularly lower-income communities, to find coding instantly accessible and to develop new digital skills. The hope is that by encouraging children to try computer science, they can inspire interest in coding and open up tomorrow’s career opportunities to everyone.
This isn’t the first time that H has taken part in Hour of Code initiatives: he’s often taken part at school, but Dance Party is far too much fun to be left behind at the school gates. You and your children can visit https://code.org/dance at any time between 9th and 15th of December (it’s Computer Science Education Week) and take part. Better still the learning resources are available for use all year round though, so if you want to go back and have another go later they’ll be there. Millions of children all around the world are expected to be doing an Hour of Code activity over this Computer Science Week. You don’t need any coding experience and there’s even an ‘unplugged’ offline version https://curriculum.code.org/hoc/unplugged/4/
The fun doesn’t need to stop at Dance Party either, as you can find lots of other online tutorials at Hour of Code for children to enjoy (in fact there are hundreds of one-hour activities available on the site and topics include Minecraft, Star Wars and Angry Birds). There are extension activities too, so that you can take your Hour of Code further becoming more creative and doing fun things with code.
One of the things that H loved about Dance Party was the fact that the program features so many tracks to choose from, including many by world famous, current chart-topping artists including Katy Perry, Calvin Harris, Mackelmore, and Nicki Minaj. There’s even some classic 70s and 80s tunes like A-ha’s Take on Me and Village People’s Y.M.C.A. It’s not just the music you can choose though, there’s a wide range of robots, unicorns, cats and any number of other animated creatures to choose from. You can have them flossing or dabbing, or maybe gangnam style. You click and drag the code into place and very quickly you have a dance routine coming together.
Hour of Code is so easy to use and you don’t need any prior coding knowledge at all to get involved. H says ‘ I found it easy to use as it’s quite instinctive. It’s good fun and I liked being able to make the characters do what I wanted them to do.’ Here’s the dance H created https://studio.code.org/projects/dance/hT6X9aXXj-6TFe_p13tMPuldIvD3DTmaxGi07nAvCAw Why don’t you pop over to https://code.org/dance now and create your own version?
Disclosure: This post is in association with Amazon.