A Christmas present that lasts: Hour of Code

One of the best presents we could give Aussie kids this Christmas would be the skills they need for the jobs of the future*

In an increasingly digital world, every Aussie student should have the opportunity to learn computer science - whether they intend to work in IT or not. People who learn computer science can find themselves working in medicine, helping to cure disease and drive breakthroughs in treatment. Or they can find themselves in Hollywood, working on the next blockbuster.

The good news is, there’s an easy place to start. Hour of Code is a global initiative to introduce 100 million students to computer science. It’s a one-hour activity that introduces kids to computational thinking and coding in a fun and creative way. It’s the biggest learning event in history, it starts today, and every Australian student can get on board. And it's free.

Everything you need to get started is here. You can ask your school to host an event, or do it yourself.

Posted by Sally-Ann Williams, Engineering Community & Outreach Manager, Google Australia
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