Somewhere on a distant galaxy, far, far away, BB-8 has a problem.

BB-8, the robot who's taken over from where R2D2 left off back in the mists of time before the release of the latest "Star Wars" movie, needs to move clumps of scrap metal from one place to another, without tripping over obstacles or running into any bad guys.

Michael Alfano, a sixth-grader at The Dorset School in Vermont, is among those coming to help, by writing the needed computer code to assist the friendly robot perform his tasks. This effort was part of the international "Hour of Code" campaign held back in December in classrooms of this region and around the globe. The program asks individuals or classes to take an hour to try a tutorial designed to demystify and teach coding basics. Even President Barack Obama endorses the initiative and the concept of coding,