The Grownup Guide to Bitsbox

First Things First Info for Educators

To do in advance of your Hour of Code with Bitsbox

Here are some things you should do at least a few days before your Hour of Code with Bitsbox.

Read through the rest of this Grownup Guide.

You won't be instantly transformed into a software programmer, but you will gain a little better understanding of what's going on with the apps your students are building.

Try building the apps in the Let's App! booklet yourself.

It shouldn't take you more than half an hour, and typing them in yourself is a great way to familiarize yourself with the scope of the projects. Start by going to and clicking Build Apps Now. If you want to know more about what the code actually does, take a look at our Code Translations.

Make sure the Bitsbox website works on the computers your students will use.

Some school districts block unfamiliar websites for safety reasons. Go to and click Build Apps Now. If you get an error message, ask your school's IT person to allow access to the following websites:

If you can, have your students do some typing practice before the Hour of Code.

Introduce the following characters which are necessary for programming:

Read our recommendations for the grade level(s) you teach.

We've put together a step-by-step flow for each of four different age groups: