The Hour of Code is a challenge: spend an hour of your time learning how to code. You'd be amazed at what you can accomplish in that amount of time!
The Hour of Code was organized by Code.org as a way to get more people involved in programming- especially people who might not consider themselves "typical" computer scientists. The "official" Hour of Code takes place during Computer Science Education Week in December, but you can try it out any time!
There are plenty of Hour of Code tutorials out there, each one geared towards a slightly different audience. Some of them are for kids, and that's great! But they can also be a little too simple for anyone else. Some of them are in the form of videos, which I find hard to learn from. And some of them leave me with a sense of "what now?" when I'm done.
That's not to say those tutorials are bad; it's great that there are tutorials out there for people with different learning styles!
But this is my attempt at organizing an Hour of Code the way I would like to learn- no Disney characters, no boring videos, and plenty of places to go exploring once you're done.
I'm designing these for people who have absolutely no prior knowledge of programming. All you need is a little bit of algebra. If you can answer this question:
X = 36 Y = 6 Z = X + Y
What does Z equal?
...then you know enough to start.
By the end of this Hour of Code, you'll have coded a fully functional Pong game!
But you don't need to love video games to be a programmer. After this hour, you'll be able to do all sorts of things, like visualizing data or creating computer-generated art.
More importantly, the goal of this Hour of Code is not to teach you how to code, but to teach you how to learn how to code. That might not make any sense, but the point is that after this hour, it will be up to YOU what you do next.