Blackbird Releases Two Free ‘Hour of Code’ Lessons

The 'Hour of Code' is a Global Initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to Introduce Millions of Students to Computer Programming


Portland, OR, November 10, 2022 - Blackbird today announced the release of two free lesson sequences available on Hour of Code.


Both activities provide free, easy access to the Blackbird lesson environment, which teaches JavaScript through engaging, project-based lessons. Beginners have the opportunity to try text-based programming through fun, step-by-step activities.


"Sierpinski Triangle" allows students to build a fun and colorful animation that is a fusion of math and art.


Students learn to:

  • Use math concepts to draw shapes on the canvas.

  • Use coordinates to position shapes on the canvas

  • Generate random numbers.

  • Write switch statements.

  • Use the animate function to make a program repeat.

  • Use RGBA color objects

"Stopwatch" allows students to flex their engineering muscles and build a working stopwatch.


Students are exposed to several important computing concepts including:

  • Declaring, assigning, and using variables

  • Drawing shapes on the canvas.

  • Using conditional statements.

  • Using the animate function to make a program repeat.

  • Writing functions.

Both learning experiences are designed to be enjoyed by students from sixth grade on, especially those who enjoy creating on the computer.


About Code.org:

Code.org is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. Its vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer programming. After launching in 2013, Code.org organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date – and partnered with 70 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Facebook, Infosys Foundation USA, Amazon, and others. For more information, please visit: code.org.


About Blackbird:

The Blackbird education platform is now open for students and instructors. Blackbird offers full access to our coding content through a 15-day free trial. Their simple, affordable pricing structure includes full support and professional development. Teachers do not need coding experience! With Blackbird, any science or math teacher can teach a coding elective, or even include coding in their regular curriculum. With district-wide scalability, superintendent consultation and ongoing expert support, Blackbird is designed to enable school districts to efficiently implement code education to reach all students from middle school on. For more information, visit Blackbird on the web at https://www.blackbirdcode.com.