– Invites Students in India –Maharashtra,Gujarat &Rajasthanto learn the Basics of Coding
Pune, December 12, 2016:Disney today launched “Moana: Wayfinding with Code,” a free online tutorial that offers an introduction to the basics of computer science, featuring characters from the upcoming Disney animated film, Moana. In conjunction with the launch of “Moana: Wayfinding with Code,” Disney also announced activations across the world that invite millions of students to learn the basics of coding. This program is extended to India as well, powered by NEXT EDUCATION,whowill take this tutorial to over 700 schools acrossMaharashtra,Gujarat &Rajasthan.
“Storytelling combined with technology is one of the most powerful tools that a child can access today and our objective of introducing the Hour of Code to the students of India, is to imbibe technological skills at an early age that they will need to bring their stories to life. The beauty of the program is its simplicity and we hope it will inspire kids to try coding for themselves. Through this initiative, we hope to reach out to a million students in India”, said Sameer Ganapathy, VP & Head, Interactive, Disney India.
Created in close collaboration with Code.org, the “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial will be available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages, including Samoan Polynesian, giving children all over the world the opportunity to learn the basics of coding.
Over the past two years, Disney has hosted two Hour of Code tutorials, featuring characters from Disney’s Frozen and from Star Wars. In total, almost 40 million students have participated inthese tutorials to learn the basics of coding.
Moana: Wayfinding with Code Tutorial:
The story of the “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial centersaround Moana and Maui as they sail through unknown territory across the ocean. As students followMoana and Maui’s travels, theylearn basic coding commands thathelp 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, theymust use their coding skills to dodge their pirate projectiles and penetrate their defenses.
“The artistry and innovative technology used to create “Disney’s Moana” is rooted in the types of skills that kids will develop by learning the basics of computer science,” said OsnatShurer, producer of Disney’s Moana. “We hope that Moana’s fierce determination and sense of adventure encourages children to try this tutorial and learn the skills they need to become future filmmakers and storytellers.”
Disney’s Hour of Code uses a visual programming languagewith“Blocks” that kids simply drag and drop to write code. This visual programming language is a fun and easily understandable way to teach basic coding skills. This type of visual programming lays the foundation for text-based programming.
For educators, parents and leaders looking to host their own hour of code event in their communities, theymay access the tutorial anddownload the Disney Hour of Code Digital Toolkit at http://www.disney.in/wayfinding-with-code in both English.
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