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The Hour of Code is a global initiative of Microsoft and Code.org that aims heighten today’s youths’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Microsoft also led thousands of Hour of Code events in more than 50 countries around the world, including Vietnam. Over a month after launch, Hour of Code – Vietnam has made its highest record level in three operating years in Vietnam.
In details, the campaign attracted more than 51,000 students from 1,178 schools in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoa Binh, Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Quang Nam, Kien Giang and Soc Trang. The most 15 excellent individuals and organisations were selected to receive awards, including "The most enthusiastic participation", "The best video clip" and " The most impressive moment". All of these awards were sponsored by Microsoft Vietnam. Moreover, the third Hour of Code campaign in Vietnam greatly impressed with many inspiring and humanitarian stories highlighting the efforts of teachers and students in remote areas who successfully organised coding classes in great spirits despite challenges and lack of facilities.
Designed for ages six and up, the “Minecraft” tutorial introduces learners to basic coding skills, encouraging them to navigate, mine, craft and explore in a 2-D “Minecraft” world by plugging together blocks to complete all actions and generate computer code. Learners are offered a set of 12 challenges, including free play time, to explore coding concepts they’ve learned through the tutorial. The Hour of Code improves in both skills, such as mathematics, science and English, and creative and critical thinking, which are the basis for meaningful learning for people for all ages.
Nguyen Thai Son, a seventh-grade student studying at Da Bac Secondary Boarding School in the northern province of Hoa Binh, said: "After finishing this programne, I really want to have the chance to participate in more coding activities which provide me essential computer science knowledge for the future. Some useful functions such as character manipulation, direct control and voice command are really interesting to me."