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Hour of Code at the NIH Library: Learn Programming in One Hour

If you have ever wanted to code but thought it was too hard to learn, now is a great time to dive in and get started. The international Hour of Codeis a global event designed to demystify programming and make it more accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds with several one-hour programming classes.

The NIH Library is participating in the Hour of Code by hosting four “Getting to Know You” coding classes on December 7 at the NIH Library and online. Each hour-long class will feature a different programming language. You will learn about each language’s strengths and weaknesses, basic terminology, and potential applications. You will also leave with resources to help you continue learning about the language and how to put it into practice in your work. 

The Hour of Code will be held in the NIH Library Training Room on December 7, from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as in-person classes, with webinar options available. See the agenda below and register to attend in person or online. You can sign up for one or two classes, or attend the whole day.

Agenda and classes
9:45 – 10:00:      Welcome and opening remarks
10:00 – 11:00:    Python (presented by Burke Squires)
11:00 – 12:00:    R (presented by Sean Davis)
12:00 – 1:00:      Lunch break (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00:        JavaScript (presented by Peter Meric and Eric Weitz)
2:00 – 3:00:        SQL (presented by Ming Ward)
3:00 – 3:30:        Wrap up and afternoon networking session

The Hour of Code classes are being offered as part of the NIH Library’s Data Services Program. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Federer: lisa.federer@nih.gov or 301.594.6283.

The “Hour of Code™” is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

Sign language interpreters and other reasonable accommodations can be provided. If you require such accommodations, please contact the NIH Library Information Desk at 301.496.1080 five business days in advance. For TDD users/callers, please call the above number through the Federal Relay Service at 1.800.877.8339.​

The NIH Library in Building 10 serves the information needs of NIH staff and select Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies. The NIH Library is part of the Office of Research Services (ORS) in the Office of the Director (OD).​​