Hour Of Code gets into the Malaysia Book of Records

Education Ministry’s Technology Education Division director Zaidi Yazid (left) receiving the certificate from Malaysia Books of Records chief operating officer Christopher Wong (right). Looking on are (l to r) Chong, Education Ministry deputy secretary general Datuk Jamil Rakon and MDEC vice president for talent & digital entrepreneurship Sumitra Nair. — SIA HONG KIAU/The Star.

The Education Ministry and MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation) received special recognition from the Malaysia Book of Records for achieving the largest participation for Basic Computer Coding Programme.

The Hour Of Code campaign, held from Oct 30 to Nov 13, saw the participation of 80,037 students aged seven to 17 from 745 schools nationwide.

Malaysia is also the country with the highest number of Hour Of Code sessions hosted outside of the United States and surpassed its target of 40,000 students.

“It is a roaring achievement for the campaign to have made it into the Malaysia Book of Records this year and to see our students and teachers working together to be digital technology savvy,” said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

Throughout the campaign period, participating students were given four modules for selection – Minecraft Hour Of Code, Write Your First Computer Program, Code With Anna And Elsa, and Star Wars: Building A Galaxy With Code – all developed by Code.org.

The modules, which include gamification elements, are designed to expose students to the world of programming. Students also received participation certificates from Code.org.

The Hour Of Code campaign is part of MDEC’s #mydigitalmaker movement, a joint public-private-academia initiative launched by the Prime Minister in August 2016 to transform Malaysian youths from digital users to makers and creators.

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