Check out the amazing new Hour of Code resources themed around the upcoming Star Wars movie The Force awakens.

What’s more exciting than making your own computer game? Why, making a Star Wars computer game, of course.

The activities begin with Blocks and then lead on to Javascript text programming.

The online lesson will teach kids how to build their own computer game and feature old favourites like Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2, as well as new characters, Rey and BB-8. The tutorial will be available for free in 180 countries, translated into more than 400 languages and will be smartphone and tablet-friendly.

Users program BB8 and then move on to R2D2 and C3PO as the hour of activities progresses. by the end of the hour they can make their own interactive Star Wars game with familiar characters and sounds.

We have been using these activities this week and they have been very popular with the students.

 

One strength of the resource is that all the programmers and coders shown in the tutorial videos are women, which sends a really positive message to girls.

Code.org said 43 percent of its members are girls. In 2014, the Hour of Code tutorial featured characters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” and was completed more than 13 million times. Star Wars has a cross-generational appeal, but the lead female characters who appear in the 2015 tutorial may draw in girls in a similar way that “Frozen” did.

We can code too girls!

The best thing is they are all free!

Please note the activities also work on iPads.