Computer Science Education Week December 7 - 13, 2020

Hour of Code

What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science. It was designed to demystify code and demonstrate that anyone can learn the basics!

The intention is not to turn every student into a programmer. The process of learning to code nurtures problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. These skills are applicable across all areas of learning, and offer a basic literacy about the technologies we use daily.

How to Explore Hour of Code at Home

Parents, follow this link to find the step-by-step guide and resources for running Hour of Code.

Daily Lessons is offering daily mini-lessons! Check out all the details at

  • 20-minute interactive lessons
  • Blend CS with real-world topics
  • Episodes are 2x daily: 8am and 1:30pm
  • Recordings also available via YouTube
  • Lessons are created and led by staff

A Place to Start

Pre-Reader – Grade 2

Kodable –
  • Block coding with visual and verbal instructions
  • Gradually builds difficulty

Grade K – 2

Code Monkey Jr. –
  • Block coding with visual instructions
  • Gradually builds difficulty

Grade 3 - 7

Minecraft –
  • Start with Voyage Aquatic or Hero’s Journey
  • Guided tutorials with written instructions (Immersive Reader available)
  • Block coding
  • Options available for Minecraft: Education Edition (requires download of M:EE app – free with Burnaby O365 login).