[loco-contacts] Hour of Code sessions sponsored by Ubuntu Locos next week?

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Fri Dec 5 19:05:51 UTC 2014

I'm running a few sessions next week  (with Scratch) at my kid's school in
San Francisco.

On Dec 5, 2014 6:15 AM, "Neal McBurnett" <neal at bcn.boulder.co.us> wrote:

> Is anyone in the local Ubuntu and free software community planning to
> sponsor any Hour of Code events?
> The event has gotten enormous in just one year - they are shooting to
> reach 100 million students this year, worldwide.  That will take help from
> everyone who can spare it.  Apple put it on their home page, and is
> offering sessions in all their stores.  Google and Facebook have promoted
> it along with a slew of others.
> This seems like a great opportunity for open source / free software folks
> to connect with our future developers and supporters, to say nothing of
> helping teach kids fundamental lessons about logic, algorithms and how
> technology works.  Computer science is a key to success in the world these
> days.
> First learn about it here:
>  Join the largest learning event in history, Dec 8-14, 2014
>   http://hourofcode.com/us
> There are a bunch of schools offering sessions for their own students, but
> there seem to be far fewer events for e.g. high school students whose
> schools aren't participating, or who looking to go further via an "out of
> class" session, I only see one event in all of Colorado (Rangeview High
> School, 17599 East Iliff Aurora).  So if we offer some, I bet kids would
> come.
> There is a wide variety of lessons available on a variety of computer
> languages for speakers of a variety of languages.  They're promoting the
> lessons with via languages like Squeak that are graphical so there aren't
> confusing syntax issues, and Javascript since it is available in
> essentially every device on the Internet.  Kids can use tablets and phones
> as well as computers, or even do fun lessons without computers at all.
> There are lots more ways for us to get involved here:
>  How to help | Code.org
>   http://code.org/help
> Are locos out there doing this?
> Any suggestions for the rest of us?
> Any handouts with an Ubuntu or open-source theme?
> Cheers,
> Neal McBurnett                 http://neal.mcburnett.org/
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