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Week-Long ‘Hour of Code’ Campaign Lures Millions of U.S. Students to Computer Coding

The Washington Post (12/12/13) Lindsey Layton

More than 11 million students in 167 countries this week have taken a free programming tutorial as part of the “Hour of Code” initiative, a worldwide campaign to encourage computer science in education, according to founder Hadi Partovi. The initiative, which has received the support of President Barack Obama and features free tutorials by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, is part of Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code offers lessons in computer coding that are aimed at every age group and accessible on a range of devices, from tablets to desktops. “We know that deep in their heart, Americans feel that technology is moving super fast, and they’re afraid their kids are going to get left behind,” Partovi says. “It’s important to keep teaching biology and chemistry. But in this century, learning how the Internet works, what an algorithm does, is as foundational as those other subjects.” He notes that more than half of the participating students have been girls. Partovi says the tutorials will remain available to the public after this week. “If you did the first hour, there are 20 more hours of tutorials you can do,” he says.READ MORE

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