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March 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Code.org update: Film reaches 12 million, draws 10,000 schools

Code.org hit its first big milestones, and them some.

Two weeks after the nonprofit released a celebrity-studded film urging kids to study computer science, the film has been viewed more than 12 million times and at one point was the most-viewed film on YouTube.

Nearly 10,000 schools asked Code.org to help them add computer science to their curriculum and more than 21,000 software engineers have volunteered to teach at schools, according to Hadi Partovi, the Bellevue software veteran behind the effort.

Online petitions for more computer programming classes across the country drew more than 550,000 signatures, he said in an emailed update.

Meanwhile a proposal in Washington state to allow high school computer science courses to count toward math and science graduation credits is progressing in Olympia. The bill, which was instigated by Partovi, passed the state House on Friday and is now being considered by the state Senate.

To follow up, Code.org is releasing a new short film using an outtake from one of its interviews with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg:

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