For any parent out there who wants to get their young Jedi interested in STEM learning, we have some great news: Code.org has released a Star Wars-themed computer science tutorial as part of this year’s Hour of Code.
The global online session lets young padawans (and Jedi of all ages) write code to create out-of-this-galaxy games featuring classic Star Wars characters Princess Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, and even some of the new faces from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Namely Rey, the strong female heroine that we’ve been waiting six films for. Because seriously, what better way to get girls excited to code, than by giving them a chance to build out scenarios using this very girl-power focused leading lady?
Most schools will teach the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, which starts on December 7. This also happens to be one week before the theatrical release of The Force Awakens, so it’s a safe bet that the partnership will spark a lot of extra interest in kids who are fans of the franchise. Once completed, students will be able to play their games on smartphones and share them with family and friends through a unique link.
“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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.
This push for young girls to study computer science is a part of an ongoing empowerment campaign called “inspire a girl.” Code.org has released a video (which you can watch above) to support the movement, featuring strong women like Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, COO Sheryl Sandberg and supermodel Karlie Kloss all encouraging girls to take part in Hour of Code.
Because, in the words of the great Yoda, “Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.”
To learn more about Hour of Code, visit code.org