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Code.org: Introduce 100 Million Students to Coding in One Year

Code.org: Introduce 100 Million Students to Coding in One Year

Google and Microsoft along with other companies are joining together with Code.org with the goal to introduce 100 million students to coding in one year. 

Code.org, a nonprofit, "wants to bring its computer science courses into tens of thousands of new classrooms over the next year, and says that it will need $5 million in order to do that," said an article on TheVerge.com.

Code.org has launched a campaign on Indiegogo.com, and has raised over $80,000, " but it'll only need to get half of it from web donors — the other half will come from dollar-for-dollar matching provided by the supporting tech companies and figures, which also includes Bill Gates and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman."

"Ninety percent of kids don't have the opportunity to participate in a world led by technology because their schools don't teach computer science," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org in a press release. "A sea change in education takes critical mass. I'm humbled by the generous support of donors and partners and know we're on our way to giving every student access to this foundational field through Hour of Code."

Along with Google and Microsoft, other participating companies include Chegg, Disney Interactive, Facebook, and Yelp, said the release. 

"The Hour of Code helps students discover the fun of coding and more importantly, how it can be a catalyst to create and achieve great things," said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft in the release. "Together, we can foster a vibrant pool of technically talented young people who are passionate and empowered to change the world."

Read the full story. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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