The Hour of Code is a global movement launched to get hour-long coding tutorials into the hands of students everywhere. It’s organized by the group Code.org, which is a non-profit dedicated to making computer science learning accessible to all students and increasing participation of women and underrepresented people of color. They’re making a big push right now to have lots of people participate in the tutorials during Computer Science Education Week, which is December 7-13.
Some major players are lending their support, like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One of the hour of code tutorials has you program a game that centers around BB-8. The tutorial starts off with a message from Kathleen Kennedy, the producer of The Force Awakens and from Rachel Rose, a Senior Engineer on the film. It’s pretty awesome.
Participants in the coding tutorials will help Rey guide BB-8 through a mission to collect scrap, and then they will team up with Princess Leia and build a game around C-3PO or R2-D2. Once completed, they’ll be able to play their games on a smartphone and share them with their friends and family using a unique link.