Last December, Seattle-based Code.org reached 15 million people around the world who spent at least an hour learning the basics of computer science.
Next week, Code.org wants to bring the second-annual “Hour of Code” to 100 million people during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14.
Participants can try Code.org’s online tutorials at any time during the year, not just next week, or find a local coding event.
The nonprofit, founded last year by tech entrepreneurs Hadi and Ali Partovi, is trying to elevate coding to the status of reading, writing and arithmetic in schools around the country.
Seattle CoderDojo, a free club for kids to learn how to code with mentor volunteers, is teaming up with Amazon.com for an event on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in Seattle. The event is free, but registration is limited. Sign up here.
Microsoft, one of Code.org’s major sponsors, also is promoting the Hour of Code locally at several events in area schools.
Kids in grades 3-8 interested in 90-minute field trips to learn about coding with Microsoft’s “YouthSpark” program can sign up here.
Code.org and other efforts to demystify computer science take advantage of beginner-friendly computer programming languages that are making it easier for children and teens eager to try coding.