Today Code.org and Disney revealed a new Hour of Code tutorial featuring characters from the upcoming Disney animated film Moana. We are thrilled to be able to offer this activity to you as you prepare to do an Hour of Code with your classrooms between December 5-11 to celebrate Computer Science Education Week—and no experience with code is required to teach it.
We’ve partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm in the past on Hour of Code activities featuring Frozen and Star Wars™ characters—some of our most popular ever, thanks to you. We were particularly excited that both of these beloved tutorials featured strong female characters—teachers used these to provide an introduction to computer science for female students around the world.
You’ve helped the Hour of Code reach 50 million girls, a milestone in female participation for computer science. Help us reach 50 million more with “Moana: Wayfinding with Code”!
The story of the “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial centers around Moana and Maui as they sail through unknown territory across the ocean. As students follow Moana and Maui’s travels, they learn basic coding commands that help steer the boat. Along the way, students are introduced to conditionals, sequences and loops while they master the art of navigation. When Moana and Maui are suddenly attacked by the Kakamora – coconut-clad warriors—they must use their coding skills to dodge their pirate projectiles and penetrate their defenses.
The “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial is available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages, including Samoan Polynesian. Thank you to Disney for helping us give children all over the world the opportunity to learn the basics of coding.