Young Students Can Learn Code and Bring Star Wars Droid to Life on Dec. 8

December 1, 2015 -- Kids in elementary, middle or high school are invited to make a Star Wars droid come to life as they learn computer coding basics during this year’s Hour of Code at the CNM STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque on Dec. 8 from 5-7 p.m.
December 01, 2015

“The Star Wars Hour of Code will allow the students to program a droid and make it move about in various ascending levels of the tutorials,” said John Mierzwa, who oversees the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp at the STEMulus Center. “I just did a few levels and it’s pretty cool. And it’s easy for anyone to learn.”

Mierzwa said the young people will be able to code other programs as well. Refreshments will be provided.

The Hour of Code is 60-plus minutes of technology, refreshments and community that has become a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180-plus countries.

On Dec. 8, the students will venture through fun, game-like tutorials with members of the Albuquerque tech community. Students will ask questions and learn about coding, computer science and opportunities that exist in technology. It is designed to teach the concepts behind coding with hands-on instruction from professional programmers.

Last year’s Albuquerque HOC was packed with children and their parents, which is also expected for the Dec. 8 event.

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone, but additional devices will be available for use. The event is free, but seating is limited, so please RSVP here. For more information email:

For more information about the Hour of Code international movement, click here. For more information about the Star Wars coding, visit this website.