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Hour of Code to Feature 'frozen' Characters

By The Washington Post

November 24, 2014

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Educational nonprofit Code.org this year is collaborating with Disney to open its week-long "Hour of Code" event during Computer Science Education Week, which takes place Dec. 8-14. This year's hour-long coding tutorial will feature the lead female characters from Disney's animated film "Frozen."

Hour of Code is an online event that features hour-long coding tutorials tailored for difference grade levels, from kindergarten to high school, and lectures from technology industry leaders.

Hour of Code was inaugurated last year with tutorials featuring characters from the popular video games Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies and video lectures from Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

This year's "Frozen" tutorials will feature the film's princesses, Anna and Elsa, and ask students to use a drag-and-drop interface to create commands that move the characters around on the ice and draw snowflakes, snowmen, and fractals.

This year's event will focus on getting girls interested in computer science and will feature lectures from female tech leaders, including Polyvore CEO Jess Lee, Microsoft engineer Paola Mejia, and app developer Lyndsey Scott. Code.org founder Hadi Partovi says helping to increase female participation in computer science is one of the organization's chief goals.

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