Code.org’s annual Computer Science Education Week kicks off today. One of the highlights of this week is called Hour of Code. The goal of both endeavors is to help introduce millions of kids to computer science.
Since the beginning of Hour of Code, three years ago, Microsoft has been a huge supporter of the cause. This year they have become even more involved with the event. Several of their lead developers worked with Code.org to develop a new tutorial for Hour of Code that kids will surly enjoy: Minecraft. This tutorial launched three weeks ago and has been a hit with 2.4 million people giving it a try.
This week thousands of Microsoft employees are going to be volunteering at a variety of events. All together Microsoft is hosting events in more than 50 countries and is expecting to reach 250,000 kids.
Even Satya Nadella is getting involved and will be teaching coding to fourth grade students at a Seattle elementary school.
It is great to see the idea for Hour of Code has already come so far in such a short period of time, I encourage you to check out more at Code.org and pitch in if you can!