The Hour of Code Awakens: Build Your Own Game With Star Wars

Remember in my PAX Review how I mentioned that Disney Infinity was going to be even bigger–especially with anything Star Wars related? Well, this is it.

Disney is teaming up with Code.org for this year’s Hour of Code and it is going to be big: Coding. Gaming. And, best of all, sharing!!

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Image courtesy of Disney

Code.org started “Hour of Code” in 2013 with the aim to expand access to computer science, especially in increasing the participation of women and students of color. The organization believes every student in every school around the world “should have the opportunity to learn computer science.”

As a public non-profit, they started small in 2018 with 70 public school districts in the U.S. Two years later, they’re in partnership with Star Wars.

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Image courtesy of Disney

Code.org will offer a Star Wars-themed computer science tutorial and, in absolute respect to Code.org’s key vision, the tutorial features Princess Leia and Rey as the main characters. Yeah, they’re “helped” along by the droids, but you and I both know who is running this ship.

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Image courtesy of Disney

Each student can team up with Rey to guide BB-8 through a space mission, then work with Princess Leia to build their own game. The sweet bonus: Students can play their completed games on smartphones and share them with friends and family!

There are two versions of the tutorial available: the first one introduces users to JavaScript and allows them to create a game in their Internet browser. A second, tablet-friendly version is coming out in a couple of weeks and it’s a drag-and-drop aimed at beginners and younger students.

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Image courtesy of Disney

It’s not the first time Disney has teamed up with Code.org. Last year’s event had a coding tutorial with Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Personally, I think this year is way better.

My spawnlings, Sinister (9) and Nefarious (6), are both suitably excited about this whole venture. They care not about the gender, which in itself is awesome, and I doubt there are any boys out there who will be “turned off” by the female characters (it’s Star Wars!!). On the other hand, there are a bunch of girls out there who would never have thought this was available for them. With Leia and Rey at the helm, there is no longer a doubt. In the recently immortalized words:

Because it’s 2015.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Nov 4 2015

As I said earlier–this is a global movement. Hour of Code is happening all around the world from December 7 to December 13, 2015.

Participants now have two choices:

  1. Find someone near you who has already set up and is ready to go. Check out the Hour of Code website for details. (Anywhere in the world!! ANYWHERE!!)
  2. Start your own. You don’t need to wait for someone else to do this. If you have a bunch of kids who would love to build their own Star Wars game, you can set up your own Hour of Code event. Go to the Hour of Code website for details.

I want to see a whole bunch of links shared in the comments below–I want to see ALL THE GAMES created by the little spawnlings. Go! Code! Create!

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Evil Genius Mum is taking over the world from the comfort of her EG Lair Down Under (Australia). She plans to reset the world in her own geeky image - because geeks do it better. From old school superheroes to technological gadgets, EG Mum is all about sharing the geeky world with her spawnlings - Sinister, Nefarious, and Zaltu. If they don't overthrow her first.