Create Coding Magic for Hour of Code 2018

It's Computer Science Education Week, which as creative coders know, contains Hour of Code - and this year, some very special challenges from the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit!

But what is Hour of Code? And how can you get involved?

Let's go find out!

Hour of Code

Started by the fine folks over at, as a one-hour introduction to computer science. Hour of Code aims to demystify "code", show that anyone can learn the basics, and to get more people interested in computer science.

Three things that we're very keen on too!

Harry Potter Challenges

We've taken 5 of the core challenges from the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit and modified them so you can use them at home, in the classroom, or at your coding club, without the Coding Wand.

Levitate a Feather

Summon Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans

Create Fireworks that Fizz and Bang

Play Music With the Yule Ball Instruments

Control the Flying Car

You don't need to register, or create an account, just head to the Kano Hour of Code 2018 page to get started.

To go with these challenges, there's a handy educators guide, which explains the programming concepts at play, tells you how long each challenge should take, and provides some great tips for remixing challenges, and experimenting with code.

Join us on Facebook Live

On Wednesday December 5th, at 2:00 PM GMT, Leah and Chris will be trying out the Hour of Code challenges on Facebook live.

Coding Wand Savings

Want to keep learning to code, making magic on screen, and build your own Coding Wand?

Until December 31st 2018, you can grab a great deal on the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit, with savings of $20 in the US, £20 in the UK, $20 in Canada, and €20 in the EU, and work your way through dozens of coding challenges in the Wizarding World.

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