Code.org is tapping into the power of the Force to reach more young people, especially girls, to show them that the code is strong in them.
Code.org is a non-profit launched in 2013 that is dedicated to expanding access to computer science. Every year, it hosts the Hour of Code event in December: a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The event now reaches tens of millions of students in 180+ countries; and there are one-hour tutorials available in over 40 languages.
One of the new one-hour tutorials available this year will be based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The tutorial, developed in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, is called Star Wars: Building a Galaxy with Code. By using logic and solving problems, students will learn basic computer programming as they take a one-hour tutorial from Princess Leia or Rey, on how to build their own Star Wars games and program the droids R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8.
Tutorials will teach students how to write code that helps Rey guide BB-8 through a space mission; create a Pac-Man-like game, in which C-3PO is chased by Stormtroopers; or a game of tag in which R2-D2 tries to catch mouse droids that keep multiplying.
These tutorial games can be played on smartphones and shared with friends and family.
Start exploring code in that galaxy far, far away here!