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Hour of Code

Computer programming changed my life. I first programmed games on my graphing calculator as a hobby in 9th grade. That hobby turned into stimulating internships later in high school. That helped me get into and succeed in college. When I graduated in the late 90s, the ability to code that I had honed since high school became one of the key gateways to a rewarding profession. Even Khan Academy wouldn’t exist if I hadn’t been able to write the software in 2005 to make it all work!

Fast forward to 2014, and the importance of coding has only accelerated. Regardless of what career a student chooses, the ability to design and understand software will be be invaluable.

Start the Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is an hour-long introduction to computer programming designed to demystify coding and show students that everyone can learn the basics. At Khan Academy, we’ve crafted several custom-made tutorials for your students that require no prior experience.

Try Hour of Code on Khan Academy!
Hour of Drawing with Code: Students will learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages via two great options:

  • Drag-and-drop: experimental block-based coding for younger students with less-developed typing skills and students on tablet devices (ages 8+).
  • Typing: keyboard-based coding for older students (ages 10+).

Hour of Webpages: Students will learn to make their own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).

Hour of Databases: Students will learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create tables, insert data into them, and do basic querying (ages 12+).

Last year, 15 million students tried computer programming for at least one hour during Computer Science Education Week on Khan Academy and other platforms.

This year, our goal is to reach 100 million students.

I can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

Founder of Khan Academy and lover of code

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