Gulf County students will join millions around the world to celebrate the 5th annual Hour of Code next week, during Computer Science Education Week.

Gulf County students will join millions around the world to celebrate the 5th annual Hour of Code next week, during Computer Science Education Week.

The Hour of Code, sponsored by Code.org, uses engaging online tutorials to demystify coding, teach the basics of computer science and inspire students to want to learn more.

This year participants will use their creativity and imagination to create a Google doodle with the Scratch programming language and code a Minecraft Agent to execute commands and overcome in-game obstacles in Minecraft: Hero’s Journey. Students of all ages and experience levels can learn how to use loops, debugging and problem-solving to achieve their goals.

Rhythmic Coders, a Port Saint Joe computer science team, will host the event at the Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka on Dec. 4 from 3:30-5 p.m. CST and at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port Saint Joe on Dec. 7 from 3:30-5 p.m. EST.

“Computer science is about logic, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. Those are skills students need to succeed in 21st-century jobs,” said Rhythmic Coders’ coach Andrea Reed De La Vega. “Every student deserves the opportunity to learn computer science.”

For more information, please email RhythmicCoders@gmail.com, visit www.code.org, or call (850)229-8879.