While 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women.
The Hour of Code, a self-guided activity for people of all ages, promises to “change the conversation around computer science.” The tutorials will work on a laptop, tablet, smartphone or even with no computer at all.
However, if you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone, plan on bringing it. No prior computer experience is needed. Tutorials will feature lectures from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s Bill Gates, as well as artwork from popular games Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.
The Hour of Code is just the first step. Code.org is unveiling professional development for teachers and 20 more hours of curriculum that can be done on your own time. They also need help from adults to advocate for computer science in their local communities.
Who is behind this campaign? Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the College Board, Gates, Zuckerberg and more than 100 others have united to back the Hour of Code campaign.
The Computing in the Core Coalition and Code.org are organizing Computer Science Education Week 2013. The week celebrates the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (Dec. 9, 1906).
Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 405-919-9901 or www.davemoorecomputers.com
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