Disney’s animated hit, Frozen, is coming to the screen in a new way. As a part of this week’s Hour of Code initiative, fans can now control Elsa and Anna in a puzzle game that teaches the basics of computer programming. The effort is a part of the celebration of Computer Science Education Week which began today and runs through December 14. Continue reading to learn a bit more about how your favorite Frozen characters can teach you something new.
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to the world of computer science. The goal is to “demystify” coding and inspire upcoming generations to embrace it as a future career as well as build problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Many schools in the United States and other countries around the world participate in the event. Last year alone, 15 million students across the globe learned at least one hour of coding. What’s especially encouraging is the fact that young girls are participating in the activities. Computer programming is typically dominated by males and the Hour of Code is breaking these barriers. In 2013, for example, 10 million girls tried computer science activities; that’s more than all of the female students in the last 70 years!
To encourage participation again this year, Disney has partnered with Code.org to create a Frozen-themed coding activity. With it, fans complete a series of coding puzzles that let them program Anna and Elsa’s moves on the screen. Along the way, they learn how programmers animate pixels on the screen. The activity includes both animation and sound. It is a fantastic introduction for children of all ages.
If you or someone you know is interested in trying your hand at coding, be sure to visit Code.org. There, you’ll find the Frozen activities along with more information about the world of computer science. Good luck and get coding!