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Code.org raises $12 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others

Code.org raises $12 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others

The event gets its name from an hour-long introduction to computer science class designed by Code.org.

It's Computer Science Education Week, and Apple is offering thousands of free coding sessions at all Apple Stores. The "Hour of Code" events are sponsored in partnership with Code.org with the goal of teaching computer science in a fun and creative way that appeals to children of all ages and backgrounds.

According to Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, 10 million girls now have accounts on the site.

"Computer science plays a significant role in revolutionizing business & industry, creating new fields of commerce, and driving technological breakthroughs across all fields of science", said Governor Ducey before his arrival to the event. Computer science can help nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.

According to Code.org, its Hour of Code campaign has reached more than 10 percent of all students worldwide, and the campaign "provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States". According to a recent report from the Brookings Institution, almost two-thirds of new jobs created since 2010 can be classified as needing a "high" or "medium" number of digital skills to complete the job.

This week, students and teachers across the globe will participate in coding activities and promote computer science education in schools.

"Providing more opportunities for students to study computer science and computer programming, whether informally through extracurricular activities and clubs or through computer science courses in middle and high school, will help to encourage students to pursue computing careers and will better prepare them for our evolving workforce", Gov. Cooper said.

Celebrities have joined the movement this year to boost computer science education.

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