Disney Invites Students Worldwide to Learn the Basics of Coding with “Moana”

Today, Disney launched “Moana: Wayfinding with Code,” a free online tutorial that offers an introduction to the basics of computer science, featuring characters from the upcoming Disney animated film Moana. In conjunction with the launch of “Moana: Wayfinding with Code,” the Company also announced activations across the world that invite millions of students to learn how to code. Created in close collaboration with Code.org, the “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial will be available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages, including Samoan Polynesian.

“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 program that we hope will inspire kids all over the world to try coding for themselves.”

The tutorial follows the film’s lead characters Moana and Maui as they sail through unknown territory across the ocean. As students follow the duo’s travels, they learn basic coding commands that help steer the boat. Along the way, students are introduced to conditionals, sequences and loops while they master the art of navigation. When Moana and Maui are suddenly attacked by the Kakamora—coconut-clad warriors—they must use their coding skills to dodge their pirate projectiles and penetrate their defenses.

Over the past two years, Disney has hosted two Hour of Code tutorials, featuring characters from Disney’s Frozen and from Star Wars. In total, almost 40 million students have participated in these tutorials to learn the basics of coding.

“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,” said 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.”

In addition, Disney is working with leading organizations and companies to host events around the world in an effort to reach millions of parents and students during Computer Science (CS) Education Week (December 5–11) to introduce kids to coding. These events include:

Apple Stores: All 487 Apple stores worldwide will host block-based coding for young coders workshops featuring “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorials during their Hour of Code session December 5 through 11.

Code.org: Code.org will feature “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial on its site and will educate thousands of teachers and community leaders about how to use the Disney tutorial in their lessons.  Register participation in a Disney Hour of Code here: HourofCode.com/Disney.

Family Code NightMoana: Wayfinding with Code” will also be part of direct family engagement in home and school learning.  Parents and educators eager to bring new coding education to their kids can sign up today to receive the free “Moana Family Code Night Event Kit,” shipping in January.  Family Code Night is a delightful high-impact elementary school event at which children and their parents do their first hour of coding, together, as part of a whole-school evening program that any school can put on.  Celebrating family engagement in CS education, the Moana Family Code Night Event Kit will let any parent help their principal and school or youth group put on this family computer science learning event with a theme inspired by the film. Sign up for the free Kit today at FamilyCodeNight.org/Moana.

Disney Network: Disney will promote the “Moana: Wayfinding with Code” tutorial across its global channels in an effort to reach millions of families.

More information can be found on Disney.com/HourOfCode.