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Hour of Code

Orlando Tech Association is partnering with the City of Orlando and Orlando After-School All-Stars for this year’s Hour of Code, happening during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8- 14, 2014. OTA will coordinate a team of volunteer tech professionals who will spend time teaching basic programming skills in every middle school in the City of Orlando over the course of the week.

The Hour of Code program, which engages participants from all over the world, features game-like, self-directed tutorials from notable figures. Celebrity teachers include Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds, and Plants vs. Zombies. Through the lessons, children learn basic concepts of computer science with drag-and-drop programming.

OTA is looking for volunteers to visit middle schools over the course of CS Education Week. Volunteers, who can range in experience level from beginner to expert, will spend a few hours at a single middle school helping to introduce children to Hour of Code and help them through the lessons. We have included a map of the participating schools to help you decide which school would be best for you or your team.

We welcome individuals and local tech companies to join us in our goal to provide programming education to every middle school in Orlando during CS Education Week. We believe that our community has the talent and the dedication to help educate local children in the increasingly important area of computer science, and to have fun while we’re at it.

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