Helping kids learn programming for Hour of Code

One of the most rewarding parts of what we do at The Iron Yard is hosting kids coding classes. Our instructors volunteer their time on a regular basis to make sure kids in every community where we operate have a chance to be exposed to what it’s like to code. Plus, our kids coding classes usually feature fun topics like how to build games or recreate popular characters characters.

Teaching kids is something we’ve done since we launched, and it’s remained a big part of our DNA. Our CEO Peter Barth put it this way:

We believe in investing in the local tech economy for the long run, and that means impacting the next generation. Hosting these events is a great way to help kids take their first step down a path that could unlock a passion for technology.

We’re so passionate about exposing kids to technology and coding that we are hosting free kids coding events at every one of our locations during the week of Dec. 7-13 for the global “Hour of Code” effort created by The goal of the effort is to introduce students to computer science – even one hour of learning to code might be the start of something great! Last year, every Apple Store in the world hosted an Hour of Code and even President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign. Pretty cool.

These free events will feature some of your favorite games and movies, from Star Wars to CodeCombat to Angry Birds! A full list of our Hour of Code events is below. Have questions? Leave us a comment!

Atlanta: Tuesday, 12/8, 6pm (Topic: Build a homework excuse generator!)

Austin: Tuesday, 12/8, 3:45 – 5:15pm (Topic: Angry Birds – ages 8-12)

Charleston: Saturday, 12/12, 10am-noon (Topic: Star Wars)

Charlotte: Monday, 12/7, 4:30 – 6:30pm (Topic: CodeCombat, ages 8-12)

Columbia: Wednesday, 12/9, 1pm (Topic: Build a game!)

Durham: Monday, 12/7, 9-10am (In partnership with Central Park School for Children)

Greenville: Monday, 12/7, 6-7pm (Topic: CodeCombat, age 13-18)

Houston: Friday, 12/11, 10am (Will be hosting 60 students from South Early College High School)

Indianapolis: Tuesday, 12/8, 3pm (Topic: Create your own Angry Birds Game!)

Las Vegas: Wednesday, 12/9, 6-8pm (Topic: Hour of Code with TechBraniacs)

Little Rock: Thursday, 12/10, 2pm (Topic: Power of Programming)

London: Tuesday, 12/8, 2-3pm (Beginners coding class on Swift)

London: Tuesday, 12/8, 3-4pm (Beginners coding class on HTML and CSS)

Nashville: Thursday, 12/10, 4pm (Topic: Angry Birds ages 8-12 & Build a homework excuse generator, ages 13-18)

Orlando: Thursday, 12/10, 6:15pm (Topic: Star Wars, Building a Galaxy with Code, ages 13-17)

San Antonio: Thursday, 12/10, 5-6:30pm (Topic: CodeCombat!)

Tampa: Tuesday, 12/8, 6:30-7:30pm (Topic: Star Wars, Building a Galaxy with Code, ages 8-12)

Washington D.C.: Monday, 12/7, 2pm (Topic: Power of Programming)


  1. I’m interested in having my son participate – what do we do? Just show up?

  2. Lelia King

    Doug – Great question. Choose your closest location from the list above, and you can RSVP on the Meetup page!

  3. noticed the Orlando location is not showing up anymore have you guys closed it down?

  4. Lelia King

    Hey Dan! Our Orlando location is still around, and we’re always hosting tech events! We just don’t have classes enrolling at this point, which is why it isn’t showing up.

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