“An Unusual Discovery” Hour of Code Activity

Two characters meet in a world and discover a surprising object. What happens next? It’s all up to students, who have the opportunity to use their imagination and creativity to code their own story.

Hour of Code is a fun way to introduce your students to the world of computer science. CS First’s new activity encourages creativity in storytelling so youth can connect learning to code to their own interests. Using CS First’s tutorial videos and Scratch, a block-based coding language, anyone can become storytellers and programmers. The activity is available in both English and Spanish, and uses Scratch 3.0, a new and improved version of the Scratch tool. Scratch 3.0 features new design libraries, functionality on different devices and has many more fun tools. The new Teacher site provides step-by-step instructions on how to bring this to your library or classroom.

Audience: 
Upper elementary (3-5)
Middle school (6-8)
Girls
Youth of color
Lower income communities
Rural communities
English language learners
Learner Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Facilitator Type: 
Library staff member
Community member
Teen
Facilitator Experience w/ CS & CT: 
Beginner
Some Practice
Experienced
Type of Library: 
Public
School
Tribal
Special
Library Location Type: 
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Size: 
Very small (< 300 students, < 10k population)
Small (< 500 students, < 24k population)
Medium (< 750 students, < 99k population)
Large (< 1000 students, < 500k population)
Very large (1000+ students, 500k+ population)
Topic: 
Block-based programming
English & language arts
Program Type & Frequency: 
In school time
Out of school time
One time session
Requirements: 
Technology required
No cost
Ready to Code Pathway Connection: 
Connecting youth interests & youth voice
Broadening participation
Resource Type: 
Lesson plans & activities
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