President Obama Joins “Hour of Code” Event to Celebrate Computer Science Education Week [Video]

December 9, 2014

2:28 pm

This week, December 8 to 14, is Computer Science Education Week, and there are some great news for tech education in the United States. Starting with the White House announcement that the seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students. The goal is to get girls and minority boys into these classes.

President Obama, who joined an “Hour of Code” event this week, said students, especially girls and minorities, need to learn sooner “not just how to use a smartphone but to create the apps for a smartphone.”

Hour of Code was launched by — along with other organizations like Girls Who Code and Black Girls Code are launching a public awareness campaign to encourage schools throughout the country to host the event locally. The movement aims to get more computer science education in schools, and to get more kids writing code.

More than 20,000 teachers used Hour of Code within a few months of this event last year. About 10 million girls total have participated in 2013. There have been almost 69,000 Hour of Code events around the world.

Watch the video below from last year’s event.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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