Code.org has been wildly successful with its “Hour of Code” campaign this week to introduce 10 million kids to computer programming.
As of Thursday morning, 10.8 million students (and some curious adults) were introduced to programming concepts through Code.org’s online tutorials – narrated by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others and featuring characters from “Angry Birds” and “Plants vs. Zombies.”
That means that just this week, more students studied computer science in U.S. schools than they had in the past 10 years combined, Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi said.
The campaign has already taught more girls about computer programming than had studied the subject in the last 30 years. More African American and Hispanic kids learned about the subject in two days than in the entire history of computer science, he said.
Simultaneously, Code.org announced partnerships with Chicago Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education to offer computer-science classes in their schools.
Giving the effort a nudge were celebrities and President Obama, who appeared in videos released this week promoting the campaign.