This week is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), an annual program created to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science. This year’s initiative, Hour of Code, developed and produced by Code.org, is designed to demystify coding and show that anyone can learn. Computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who would have turned 107 yesterday, inspired the challenge.
Hour of Code encourages parents, teachers and students to focus one-hour on computer programming this week. 90% of schools in the U.S. either don’t teach computer science classes or offer them only as electives.
Computer science is considered to be one of America’s greatest untapped opportunities. Programming jobs are growing two times the national average, but less than 2.4% of college students graduate with a degree in computer science, and the numbers have dropped since the last decade.
Through this challenge, Code.org hopes to raise awareness, change the status quo and provide equal access for all.
The week has just started, but already 1.3 million students have done the Hour of Code, and written 110,000,000 lines of code. Although the program is targeting students, the Hour of Code challenge is open to everyone.