Howard County
Hour of Code

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Prizes
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All Participants
  • Free Replit Hacker Plan for 1 month ($7)
  • 100% off lifetime discount on Taskade ($100)
  • Free Interview Cake Licenses for 1 month ($170)
  • 25% off the first year of 1Password ($2)
Unweighted Raffle
  • 2X Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ($150)
  • 25X Escalate Membership ($250)
Weighted Raffle
  • 1X Oculus Quest 2 ($300)
  • 3X Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ($150)
  • 1X Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard ($150) drawn from winning school
  • 4X Art of Problem Solving Gift Card ($25)
  • 25X Escalate Membership ($250)
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students registered.
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hours served.
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article views.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hour of Code?
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. You can check out the official Hour of Code here.
What is the Howard County Hour of Code?
Howard County Hour of Code is a 5-day event taking place from May 23rd to May 27th, 2022. It is intended to be a version of Hour of Code that is more catered towards high school students. Over 30 articles with quizzes have been compiled by our authors and editors; simply reading articles and answering questions will make you eligible for cool prizes that will be distributed at the end of the event.

Why computer science?
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats here.
How do I participate in the Hour of Code?
Login using your HCPSS Google account, navigate to Articles, and start completing articles! Completing articles will earn you and your school points, which are transformed into raffle tickets at the end of the event.
What device should I use?
Please use a laptop or device with a large screen for the best user experience. Some pages will look funky on mobile...
How much can one learn in an hour?
The goal of the Hour of Code is not to teach anybody to become an expert computer scientist in one hour. One hour is only enough to learn that computer science is fun and creative, that it is accessible at all ages, for all students, regardless of background. The measure of success of this campaign is not in how much CS students learn - the success is reflected in broad participation across gender and ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and the resulting increase in enrollment and participation we see in CS courses at all grade levels. Millions of the participating teachers and students have decided to go beyond one hour - to learn for a whole day or a whole week or longer, and many students have decided to enroll in a whole course (or even a college major) as a result.

Besides the students, another "learner" is the educator who gains the confidence after one hour that they can teach computer science even though they may not have a college degree as a computer scientist. Tens of thousands of teachers decide to pursue computer science further, either attending PD or offering follow-on online courses, or both. And this applies to school administrators too, who realize that computer science is something their students want and their teachers are capable of.

Above all, what all participants can learn in an hour is that we can do this.
How do I keep learning after the Hour of Code?
Our teachers in Howard County are some of the best educators in the world- take advantage of the opportunities HCPSS offers! If you liked learning about CS, then take some of our county’s CS courses, join the Computer Programming Career Academy, and try to engage in some CS extracurriculars.
How do the points/prizes work?
Free Prizes
All participants will receive free prizes when they create an account. These prizes will appear on the homepage.

Unweighted Raffle
All registered participants will be entered into an unweighted raffle at the end of the event.
Each user counts as 1 raffle ticket, so each participant has an equal chance to win a prize.

Weighted Raffle
Individual Points are earned by completing articles, up to 342 points maximum. These points will be used in the Weighted Raffle.
Each individual point counts as 1 raffle ticket (35 points -> 35 tickets). These raffle tickets will then be combined among all participants, and prizes will be randomly drawn at the end of the event.

Winners of both the unweighted and weighted raffles will be announced shortly after the conclusion of the event.
Who made this website, and why?
This website is the product of a collaboration between various schools and clubs across the county. It is intended to be a version of Hour of Code better catered for high schoolers and to better promote CS education through inter-school competitions. The contributors to this event are listed here in no particular order.
Directors
Dora Zhou
Rayhan Zirvi
Authors
Rayhan Zirvi
Dora Zhou
Saketh Sundar
Patrick Deng
Alex Luo
Ray Dai
Julian Park
Alex Yang
William Zhong
Austin Zou
Ben Li
Alex Zhu
Editors
Rayhan Zirvi
Ben Li
Jonathan Cai
Alex Zhu
Patrick Deng
Joel Kim
William Zhong
Alex Luo
Developers
Dora Zhou
Rayhan Zirvi
Ben Li
Ray Dai
Nathan Zhong
Other Contributors
Veer Tuliani
Aryan Sharma
Bryan Lin
Orhan Tasci
Patrick Deng
Sai Matukumalli
Geffrey Gao
Raymond Le
Rachel Li
Ishaan Thakur
Jeffrey Tian
Albert Zhang
Taelor White
Why isn't login working?
Please use the most up-to-date version of any modern browser for compatibility reasons.
I still have questions. Where can I ask them?
Join our discord server! (Feel free to join even if you don't have questions!)

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