Hour of Code

Whether your students are beginners or expert coders, there are 50+ fun ways to complete an Hour of Code with Tynker.



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Add all your students to a class. Students will be able to access the Hour of Code activities from their dashboard.

Tynker teachers – No prep needed

If you already have a Tynker account, you're all set! The Hour of Code activities will automatically show up in your students' dashboards during the event. Encourage your students to log in to their accounts during the Hour of Code week to participate, and spread the word to your fellow teachers!

What Students Do

  • Solve game-based coding puzzles to learn the basics
  • Follow step-by-step tutorials to create drawing, music, animation, storytelling, physics, and arcade game projects
  • Save and publish their creations
  • Download the free Tynker App to create and run projects on tablets

What Students Learn

  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to complete puzzles
  • Learn programming concepts such as sequencing, repetition, and conditional logic
  • Apply programming concepts to create games, stories, and art
  • Build projects they're proud to share with family and friends
  • Learn that programming is neither difficult nor boring – it's a powerful tool they can use to bring their imagination to life!

Tips for Coding Success

  • Pick a sequence of activities based on interests, grade level, and experience
  • Create a portfolio of games, art, music, comics, greetings, and more
  • Explore other students' creation and discover what they can do
  • Don't stop! Continue solving puzzles and building apps from home

Fun Ideas for an Exciting Event

  • Plan a Family Hour of Code Showcase! Invite parents, community leaders, and school administrators to see your students' great work.
  • Post printouts of kids’ custom characters on a bulletin board
  • Have a classroom challenge! Showcase your students' best creations.
  • For experienced students – pick a theme and ask students to create lessons for each other using Tutorial Designer.

What Kids are Saying

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Hour of Code™?

    The Hour of Code™ is a global movement designed to introduce students of all ages to computer science and programming. It consists of one-hour tutorials that are accessible to beginners and aim to demonstrate that anyone can learn to code.

  • Who can participate in the Hour of Code?

    Anyone can participate in the Hour of Code, including students, teachers, parents, and individuals of all ages. Tutorials are available for various age groups and skill levels, from young children to adults.

  • Do I need any prior coding experience to join the Hour of Code?

    No prior coding experience is necessary to participate in the Hour of Code. The tutorials are designed to be beginner-friendly and are suitable for people who have never coded before.

  • How can I organize a Tynker Hour of Code event at my school or community center?

    To organize an Hour of Code event, visit Tynker's Hour of Code page and explore the resources available for educators and organizers. You can find lesson plans and step-by-step guides to help you set up a successful event.

  • What resources are available for teachers and parents to support Tynker Hour of Code?

    Tynker Hour of Code offers teachers and parents various resources, including a Teacher Planning Guide, lesson plans, activity guides, and community forums. These resources are designed to help educators and parents facilitate coding sessions and encourage children to learn computer science.

  • What devices do I need to participate?

    Each Hour of Code™ student needs a desktop, laptop, or Chromebook with an internet connection and an up-to-date browser. No downloads are required. Students can work in pairs on the same device if not enough devices are available.

  • How do I set up a classroom?

    If you’re a Tynker teacher, you may have already completed this step – nice work! For those who still need to get set up: take 2 minutes to create a Tynker account and add a classroom for your students. We provide all the scaffolded content, so your work is done! Once you’re signed in, visit "MY CLASSES" inside your dashboard to get started with Hour of Code™ games.

  • How do I set up student rosters?

    You can set up your student rosters with Clever, Google Accounts, or Tynker Accounts. If you use Clever, read this post to set up your classes. If you use Google Accounts, watch this quick setup video. To create Tynker Accounts for your classes, this quick video walks you through the process.

  • How do I add students to my classroom?

    Once you set up a classroom, you can add students and assign programming puzzle game lessons through your teacher dashboard. You can import students to a single classroom, add them to multiple classrooms, manually create individual Tynker accounts, or have your students add themselves using a class code.

  • What do I get in my Tynker teacher dashboard?

    Your teacher dashboard is where you can access all your teacher guides, answer keys, student metrics, and certificates. You can see just how much your students are coding and even help them if they get stuck! You can print out personalized achievement certificates for each student at the end of an Hour of Code.