Hour of Code Highlights Increasing Importance of Coding in Schools

From the Center for Digital Education:

The Hour of Code campaign is gaining traction in schools as millions of students learn the building blocks of coding.

In its second year, the Hour of Code initiative seeks to unveil the mystery that surrounds coding and show students that anyone can learn the basics of coding, said Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org. Last year, 15 million students spent an hour learning how to code during Computer Science Education Week with online tutorials, games and offline activities. This year, they’re shooting for 20 million to 30 million, and they’ve already seen about 1 million every hour.

Even U.S. President Barack Obama got into the action as he wrote code alongside students near the White House on Monday, Dec. 8. And several other heads of state in the United Kingdom and Ireland also participated in Hour of Code.

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