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Young Women Can 'Let It Code' With Anna and Elsa on Code.org

Young Women Can "Let It Code" With Anna and Elsa on Code.org

Anna and Elsa from Disney's "Frozen" have joined the movement to encourage young women to learn how to code.

Code.org has just released a computer science tutorial featuring the duo, according to a press release. The tutorial "kicks off the second-annual Hour of Code campaign, a worldwide effort to broaden participation in computer science – especially by girls – during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, 2014."

Produced by Disney Interactive, "students will learn to write code that enables Disney Infinity versions of Disney’s 'Frozen' characters Anna and Elsa to draw snowflakes and snowmen and perform magical 'ice craft'. The tutorial aims to teach logic and math and nurtures creative thinking through introductory computer programming."

“As a parent, I know firsthand how excited kids are over Disney’s ‘Frozen,’” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org. “Our entire team is grateful for Disney Interactive’s tireless support of the Hour of Code, which provides students an entry point into the world of creativity that opens up when they build technology for the first time.

According to the release, "role-model technologists and celebrities, including Polyvore CEO Jess Lee, Microsoft engineer Paola Mejia, app developer and model Lyndsey Scott, and model Karlie Kloss, provide short video lectures to guide students through the one-hour activity. Students will be able to share their artwork online or with friends through a unique link."

Disney Interactive shares Code.org’s passion to unleash the creative potential within all of us and we’re proud that the Disney characters will help children grow and learn important skills," said Jimmy Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive. “Computer science and coding literacy are vital to our children’s future and we applaud Code.org for making computer science education more widely available.”

Disney is also donating $100,000 to "support Code.org’s efforts to bring computer science education to afterschool programs nationwide."

The tutorial, “Artist with Anna & Elsa,” is Code.org’s "newest addition to its online learning platform, Code Studio, designed to teach students the basics of computer science, starting as early as kindergarten. Code Studio is used in more than 50,000 classrooms," said the release.

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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