Politicians, celebrities and more join forces for 'Hour of Code'
- Dec. 9-15 marks Computer Science Education Week, and Code.org's Ali and Hadi Partovi are asking that every teacher in the U.S. spend an hour teaching about computer science and programming as part of their "Hour of Code" campaign.
- The campaign has attracted the support of politicians from both sides of the aisle — from President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Newt Gingrich — as well as celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Shakira, and tech leaders like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
- Several companies, universities and non-profits have partnered with Code.org for the "Hour of Code" online tutorials, which are hosted by the likes of Gates, Zuckerberg and the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh.
Code.org is expecting 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms spread across 167 countries to participate in the Hour of Code, and Apple and Microsoft are both hosting sessions at all of their retail outlets. Nine out of 10 U.S. schools don't offer computer science classes, and many of those that do only offer them as electives, but with this much force behind the Partovis' push, that figure may very well change.
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