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Star Wars Characters to Teach Coding

Star Wars Characters to Teach Coding
Disney and Lucasfilm have teamed with Code.org to create a Star Wars-themed computer science tutorial that will kick off the third annual Hour of Code campaign.

New computer science tutorial will feature both classic and new Star Wars characters.

Disney and Lucasfilm have teamed with Code.org to create a Star Wars-themed computer science tutorial that will kick off the third annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 7–13.

Through the tutorial, students will learn to write code, creating fun challenges and games using Star Wars characters including Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2, as well as Rey and BB-8 from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“For generations, Star Wars has sparked kids’ curiosity and imagination, and we hope the appeal of characters like Princess Leia and Rey will help fuel greater participation in science and math, especially among girls, around the world,” says Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “Computer science has helped shape our legacy and changed the way movies are made, which is why programs like the Hour of Code are so important to Lucasfilm.”

This is Code.org’s third computer science lesson created in partnership with Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media following "Frozen with Anna and Elsa" and "Infinity Play Lab," which was released earlier this year.

“Disney is driven by storytelling and technology, and we know that kids introduced to computer science today will become the innovators and storytellers of tomorrow,” says Jimmy Pitaro, co-chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We are honored to be working with Code.org again this year to introduce millions of students to coding, which is becoming one of the most important languages of their generation.”

In addition to partnering with Code.org to make the Star Wars-inspired tutorial available for free in more than 180 countries, The Walt Disney Company is also donating $100,000 to support Code.org’s efforts to bring computer science education to afterschool programs throughout the U.S.

One classroom will win the grand prize: a trip to San Francisco, Calif., for an exclusive behind-the-scenes “Making of Star Wars” experience with the visual effects team who worked on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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