Disney launches free Moana: Wayfinding with Code tutorial to get kids coding

Billy Langsworthy

By Billy Langsworthy

November 22nd 2016 at 3:15PM
UPDATED November 22nd 2016 at 5:23PM
Disney launches free Moana: Wayfinding with Code tutorial to get kids coding

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s storytellers and with this tutorial we’re working to introduce them to the technological skills they will need to bring their stories to life,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.

Disney has launched Moana: Wayfinding with Code, a free online tutorial that offers kids an introduction to the basics of computer science.

Created in close collaboration with Code.org and featuring stars of the upcoming Disney movie, the Moana: Wayfinding with Code tutorial will be available in the UK and in more than 180 other countries and in 23 languages, including Samoan Polynesian, giving kids an opportunity to learn the basics of coding.
                                  
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s storytellers and with this tutorial we’re working to introduce them to the technological skills they will need to bring their stories to life,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI).

“By bringing together Code.org and Disney filmmakers, we’ve created a programme that we hope will inspire kids all over the world to try coding for themselves.”
 
Over the past two years, Disney has hosted two Hour of Code tutorials, featuring characters from Disney’s Frozen and from Star Wars, and almost 40 million students have participated in these tutorials to learn the basics of coding. Disney’s Hour of Code uses a visual programming language with “Blocks” that kids simply drag and drop to write code.
 
“We’ve found that kids are much more likely to try computer science if it contains topics they are interested in, like their favorite Disney stories and characters,” added Hadi Partovi, CEO of Code.org.

“Our work with Disney over the past two years has helped Hour of Code reach record numbers, inspiring millions of children of all ages to try coding and pursue an education in computer science.”
 
Disney is also working with leading organisations to host events in the UK and other parts of the world in an effort to reach millions of parents and students during CS Education Week (December 5th to 11th) to introduce kids to coding. These events include:

  • Apple Stores: All 39 Apple stores in the UK will host block-based coding for young coders workshops featuring Moana: Wayfinding with Code tutorials. These events will be happening globally in over 400 Apple Stores.
  • Code.org: Code.org will feature Moana: Wayfinding with Code on its site.
  • Disney Network: Disney will promote the Moana: Wayfinding with Code tutorial across its global channels.