Hour of Code
In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14, 2014), Code.org is sponsoring and promoting a worldwide Hour of Code. (Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.)
Where to Sign Up
To try your first Hour of Code, visit http://code.org/learn to choose a fun game-based tutorial (featuring Angry Birds and Disney’s Frozen), or find a tutorial app to download. There’s even a way to learn code on paper if you’re unplugged.
Feeling especially motivated to help? Organize a local Hour of Code event or camp. Sign up and start planning here.
Continue with Free Coding Lessons
Of course, the whole idea behind Hour of Code is to cultivate desire and enthusiasm for learning programming. So if you love your first hour, there are plenty of next-step code lessons available at Khan Academy, and they’re all free.