Disney has come up with an innovative idea to teach kids the art of coding through a programme called 'Hour of Code'. The campaign launched in India with the motive of teaching computer programming to school children.
The interesting crux of the programme is that it is a free online tutorial featuring Disney characters Moana and Maui from the movie Moana. This program has been launched in states such as Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra to instil technological skills in kids at an early age.
The program was first launched in 2013 with the partnership of Microsoft and Google. In its third edition, Disney has brought its programme to India for students above the age of 8 from around 700 private and public schools.
The beauty of the programme is its simplicity. Disney hopes to inspire kids to try coding for themselves. In the last two years, the Hour of Code tutorials was conducted by Disney, through characters from the movies Frozen and Star Wars.
Almost 40 million children around the globe have already participated in these tutorials to learn the basics of coding.
Titled 'Moana: Wayfinding with Code', the programme will be available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages, giving children all over the world the opportunity to learn the basics of coding.
Along with this, kids will be introduced to conditionals, sequences and loops while they master the art of navigation.
The tutorial uses a visual coding language with 'blocks' that kids simply drag and drop to write codes. When Moana and Maui are suddenly attacked by the Kakamora(coconut-clad warriors), they must use their coding skills to dodge the pirate projectiles and penetrate their defences.
This coding language is fun for kids and can easily understand. This type of visual programming tutorials lays the foundation for text-based programming.