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

Neil Oosthuizen nlsthzn at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 15:05:29 UTC 2014

Good day all,

I know that this is perhaps to short a time to really arrange something now
but have a read on the mail below and perhaps in the future we can look
into doing something like the author proposed.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Neal McBurnett <neal at bcn.boulder.co.us>
Date: 5 December 2014 at 18:15
Subject: [loco-contacts] Hour of Code sessions sponsored by Ubuntu Locos
next week?
To: ubuntu-education at lists.ubuntu.com, "Ubuntu local community team (LoCo)
contacts" <loco-contacts at lists.ubuntu.com>

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

First learn about it here:

 Join the largest learning event in history, Dec 8-14, 2014

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

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

Are locos out there doing this?

Any suggestions for the rest of us?

Any handouts with an Ubuntu or open-source theme?


Neal McBurnett                 http://neal.mcburnett.org/

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