Learn to Code Star Wars Style

image001(1)Once again, Disney and Code.org have teamed up, this time with Lucasfilm, to bring computer science and coding to K-12 students around the globe for Hour of Code. Available now, the free online lessons offer a build-your-own game tutorial featuring Princess Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO as well as Rey and BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.<http://Code.org/starwars>

Disney and Star Wars are dedicated to supporting non-profit Code.org in their mission of expanding computer science education access and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Last year’s big Hour of Code moment<https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/12/10/president-obama-first-president-write-line-code>featured heroines Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, and was completed more than 13 million times.

This year, kids (and teachers) will learn how to code by building their own Star Wars game; and they will be able to play their completed games on smartphones and share them with their friends and families. The Hour of Code<https://hourofcode.com/us> online lesson launch is part of the lead-up to Computer Science Education Week, December 7-13, 2015.

Code.org founder Hadi Partovi is available for interviewsand can discuss the campaign’s goals to increase participation in science and math, especially among girls and minorities around the world.

Check out these stats:

· More than 5 million students have enrolled on Code.org’s online learning platform, Code Studio, since its 2014 launch. Forty-three percent of Code Studio students are girls and 37 percent are black or Hispanic.

· Just 23% of computing jobs are held by women

· Only 18% of bachelor’s degrees in computer science are awarded to women

· Girls make up just 22% of high school AP Computer Science exam takers

· Blacks and Latinos hold 18% of computer science bachelor’s degrees

· At the high school level, 9% of AP Computer Science exam takers are Hispanic and just 4% are black

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