Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Microsoft shares in the vision of Code.org that computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
Studies show by the year 2020 there will more than one million jobs that go unfilled just in the United States because employees will not have the right technical skills to fulfill those positions. Computer science can unlock opportunities for youth around the world, but it starts with access, empowerment, and each one of us. That's why we're hopeful you will join our session to see that it's never too early to start learning these skills.
In the video we'll demonstrate how students can learn to code by fixing a game. Our game, "Jetpack Jumper" is broken! We need your help to get it working! Susan Ibach, Technical Evangelist, and Sage Franch, Microsoft Student Partner and intern Technical Evangelist, will demonstrate the fun of coding by fixing our game. All you need to do is follow the steps and drag the correct parts to the game design board and click the Play button. TouchDevelop is an easy to use visual game designer where you can design and play your game with ease.
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Try the changes made in the Hour of Code webcast at your own pace
Take the finished game and try some customizations
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