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Star Wars, Minecraft team up with #HourOfCode to offer coding tutorials

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.

If Star Wars isn’t your thing, there are also Minecraft and Frozen tutorials. There are tons more tutorials, and they cover different languages like JavaScript and Python. The tutorials range in complexity and are designed to be accessible to anyone 4 years old and up.

Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is “The Name of the Wind.”
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Caylie Sadin
Caylie is a writer and all around nerd. She started reading fantasy novels when she was 8, which naturally led her into playing DnD. Her favorite video game series is Dragon Age and her favorite book is "The Name of the Wind."

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