Hour of Code

What Is the Hour of Code?

For years now, Hardy School 1st – 5th graders have joined in on the largest learning event in history, guided by parent volunteers right in our classrooms. The global Hour of Code initiative introduces learners young and old to coding concepts and skills through simple, widely accessible one-hour online classes. It’s AMAZING to watch the hour unfold as our kids write JavaScript code to either guide angry birds and zombies through mazes or draw snowflakes on ice!

In total, over 369 million students (including our students since 2015) have tried coding through this fun, easy-to-follow, DIY learning program.

Interested in Volunteering?
We always appreciate volunteers
 Please contact us if you’d like to help!


“I hope that this will become part of the regular curriculum for our kids!” ​– Hardy teacher


When Is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is promoted globally as a special event, often in the winter (in 2018 it will be emphasized December 3-9), though its lessons can learned any time. In 2017, Hardy parents joined kids over a few wonderfully gratifying, educational mornings — between 8:30-11:00 — in February, when the lessons best fit into our school’s calendar.

Dates for Hardy’s Hour of Code 2018 will be announced here and in the Hardy Happenings newsletter soon. 

How to Participate in the Hour of Code

If you’d like to volunteer, we encourage you to view this short, simple How-To Participate Video to see how easy it is. Then, when the dates are announced, just inform your child’s teacher, classroom parent, or the PTO Enrichment Team that you’d like to sign up to help — whether for just one hour or a whole morning.

Best of all: Absolutely NO CODING EXPERIENCE is necessary to join in — whether as a student or as a parent guide! (If you like, you can practice coding your own app or game at home before coming in to help, but it’s not required.)

Why the Hour of Code?

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. 

But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and fewer students are studying it today than a decade ago.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Hardy School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. Equip our kids for jobs ranging from agriculture, construction, entertainment, technology to zoology and beyond!


Hour of Code