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Code.org raises $12M to help more kids learn computer science

06 December 2017, 01:09 | Jan Cross

Students studying computer skills in Jakarta Indonesia

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The event is part of Hour of Code, an initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

By learning computer science, they're learning how to design and build the next generation of technology and devices.

High School Computer Science teacher, Mark Ives believes the provinces schools are doing well when it comes to teaching tech trades like coding but admits more could be done, and has to be done, "It's definitely a need it's something we have to do or we'll be falling behind".

"We're at the point where most states are coming around to realizing that...computer science is going to need to be part of the education curriculum, and really they're all trying to figure out what's the right way to get there", Partovi told VentureBeat.

"Computer science plays a significant role in revolutionizing business & industry, creating new fields of commerce, and driving technological breakthroughs across all fields of science", said Governor Ducey before his arrival to the event.

And as a father, I know that encouraging innovation doesn't just mean my boys are spending their afternoons playing on tablets or smartphones.

Forty students have completed all 50 boot camp missions and are awaiting the next 20 missions to be released in the Week of Code. Schools and companies across New Mexico will be hosting and participating in Hour of Code events. As Apple founder, Steve Jobs, once explained, "Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think".

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Almost every student in the district spent 60 minutes practicing how to give a computer instructions on what to do during the Hour of Code.

Younger students will also be participating in Computer Science Education Week.

Students have the option of a Minecraft, Star Wars, or Angry Birds coding program.

At P.S. 241 in Brooklyn, for example, Snoopy teamed up with codeSpark Academy to debut Snoopy Snow Brawl, a learn-to-code game.

Also this week the girls are encouraged to post what they're learning about on social media using #girlsintechkc.

For any teachers, students, or parents, interested in getting involved in this year's Hour of Code initiative, there is still time to sign up and host an event, or simply enrol on a one-hour tutorial - it could be the most inspiring 60 minutes of your week.



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