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  • Students sit in small groups at a desk, engaging with lap top computers and their teacher.
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Hour of Code & Computer Science Education Week

November 12, 2018

We believe in a future where every young person has the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to succeed in a world that’s being transformed by technology.

Digital skills are becoming essential for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. From digital literacy to computer science education, these skills can open the door to greater economic opportunity. Unfortunately, these skills are beyond the reach of too many young people. Together with our partners, we’re working to change that.

Microsoft Canada is pleased to announce that we’re teaming up with Code.org to support the Hour of Code for a fourth year! Be a part of the global movement to provide all young people an opportunity to learn the basics of coding during Computer Science Education Week, November 12, 2018.

Microsoft is supporting the Hour of Code with an all new Minecraft tutorial, Voyage Aquatic , offering a set of 12 challenges. One of the best ways students can learn new concepts is by teaching others. This Minecraft tutorial is focused on helping students learn to write code that will take them on an aquatic adventure to find treasure and solve puzzles. Using the Minecraft world, they know and love, students of all ages and any experience level can learn the basics of coding, and how to use problem solving and critical thinking to achieve their goals.

Organize an Hour of Code during November 12, 2018. Take action now, and sign up your school, classroom, library, or community organization. Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

Hour of Code is organized by code.org, a Microsoft YouthSpark Grant recipient expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, while increasing participation by women and underrepresented communities.

Continue the learning experience:

Learn more about the impact of computer science education, see it in action, and get started. Here are some ways you can dive into the world of computer science.