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December 5, 2013 at 10:30 AM

‘Hour of Code’ event aims to demystify computer science

Screen shot of a graph from Code.org that highlights educational gaps in computer science

Screen shot of a graph from Code.org that highlights educational gaps in computer science

Students and teachers in classrooms around the globe will join in a worldwide initiative called Hour of Code next week.

Presented by Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org, the event aims to demystify computer science for educators and students alike. Thus far, some 28,000 groups plan to host tutorials next week across 166 countries. (Go here for a real-time map of registrants.)

Code.org created the free tutorial in collaboration with engineers from Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook. It uses puzzles featuring characters from popular online games like “Angry Birds” to introduce students to coding concepts.

What’s the merit in learning some basic computer programming?

Code.org points to a persistent gap between the number of computer-related jobs in the U.S. and students who study computer science. Coding is also becoming an integral part of more and more businesses, meaning it’s not just future Microsofties who could benefit from having these skills.

To get a taste of what Hour of Code is like, check out the video below:

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