Hour of Code 2014 Introduced Millions of Kids to Coding

Hour of Code 2014 Introduced Millions of Kids to Coding

Today is the last day of Computer Science Education Week by Code.org. It is a huge international push to introduce kids to programming by starting with an Hour of Code. Schools all over the world participated and millions of kids learned how fun it is to code!

The week kicked off with President Obama writing his first line of code! They hosted 20 students at the White House to go through a Code.org JavaScript tutorial. Learn the behind the scenes details about the event from Code.org founder Hadi Partovi.

The final numbers won’t be announced until next week, but over 30 million kids will have spent an hour coding this week. That is an incredible number! This is just the second year of Code.org and it has made an unbelievable impact already.

After the first introduction to programming, it is important to provide opportunities for kids to continue learning. Breakout Mentors goal is to provide the best way to learn with the help of a 1-on-1 programming mentor. However, with this approach we won’t be able to help millions of kids.

I am thrilled to see Code.org is devoting the majority of their fundraising effort to training teachers in schools. Their goal for the next year is to prepare 10,000 elementary, 500 middle school, and 200 high school teachers to add computer science courses. There is still time to donate on the Indiegogo campaign.

If your student participated in the Hour of Code and you are interested in keeping their excitement going, please contact us to learn how we can help.

Posted by Brian Skinner / Posted on 13 Dec