|Code.Org Launches Dance Party|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Friday, 25 February 2022|
Code.org, best known for Hour of Code, has announced a new campaign to inspire kids to learn coding.
The nonprofit organization has a goal of expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups.
The new campaign sees them teaming up with the band Coldplay to launch a global campaign that celebrates music and computer science. The video accompanying the announcement looks like a rather worrying blend of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever crossed with the sort of aliens you'd expect to see in Area 53 - I'm not sure those images, or Coldplay, are quite what the youth of today see as trendy, but who am I to judge.
The announcement says that
"Students are invited to take part by using our popular Hour of Code activity, Dance Party, to code out-of-this-world moves and share them with the world!"
More specifically, the campaign asks participants to:
"Join the party by using Code.org's Dance Party activity to code your own choreography to Coldplay's "Higher Power." Get creative with classic moves, and have fun with new album-inspired visuals and dancer formations!"
Once students have created their choreographed moves, they submit them for Coldplay and Code.org to see, and Code.org will share the best ones on social media. An added incentive is the chance to win tickets to see Coldplay on tour, or a chance for your classroom to video chat with the band.
Dance Party is Code.org's activity where students use blocks of code to choose dancers, change their dance moves, make them respond to the music, and make them interactive. Since it launched in 2018, nearly six million students have taken part in Dance Party.
The Code.org team says that even a student who has already completed all ten levels of Dance Party can find something new, with refreshed default songs on each level by artists including Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and Harry Styles. There are also new dancer formations: Spiral, which will arrange your dancers in a spiral, and Infinite, which makes your dancer appear in an infinite line.
The competition is open now.
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