One of the best ways to get children to engage with new ideas is to have them come from people – or characters – that they already have a natural affinity with. Teaching children through friendly and amusing characters helps to bring a level of engagement via entertainment that has long been used both through books and video. For those of us of a certain vintage, programmes such as Sesame Street and Rainbow added a value to the basics of language, arithmetic and social education by conveying the information through lovable characters that would capture the minds of children and make them want to learn.
It’s no surprise therefore that this approach has been adopted by Code.org by recruiting characters from Disney’s “Frozen” to help deliver an exclusive tutorial as part of the Hour of Code! Thanks to Disney Interactive, Code.org’s signature tutorial for the 2014 Hour of Code features Disney Infinity versions of Disney’s “Frozen” heroines Anna and Elsa!
This Hour of Code initiative is aimed at getting young people to learn the basics of coding, and with it expose them to the sort of thought processes and skills that can be applied in every area of education and work – not just in coding. As the name suggests, all the tutorials available can be completed within an hour, and in this particular one-hour activity, children will learn to write code to help Anna and Elsa create snowflakes and magical “ice craft,” while also learning logic, maths and cultivating creative confidence. Then, they can share their creations online or with friends.
To organised your own Hour of Code event, please refer to our last blog on the topic: 40,000 Hour of Code events already organised – how to plan your own.