Students should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Doing so helps develop problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By educating younger students in computer science we can give them a foundation for success in any 21st-century career. Students are learning to love computers and technology earlier in their life and Code.org is bringing computer science and coding to these students all over the world.
This year the Computer Science Education Week is December 8-14 and MindSea is extremely happy to be involved. Apple, who supports Code.org, hosted free #HourOfCode workshops at their local retail stores. Apple invited us to these workshops to help students better understand the basics of computer science and answer questions they have about our industry. There was no hesitation when we were asked to be involved in the event, as it allowed us to help others see the value of what we do and why we are passionate about our work.
One of Code.org’s goals is to increase participation of underrepresented groups in computer science. For example, women are awarded just 12% of Computer Science degrees. However, the diversity of participants in the #HourOfCode demonstrates that this has the potential to change. Initiatives such as this can help strengthen the representation of minority groups, and we’re proud to help make that happen.
Over 15 million students have tried #HourOfCode globally. It was designed to make learning code easier, and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science. #HourOfCode is organized by Code.org which is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it more accessible to learn.
If you are a teacher, a lifelong learner or simply curious about computer science, we recommend visiting Code.org and participating yourself. For any questions you may have, check out their FAQ. Anyone, anywhere can organize an #HourOfCode and we encourage you to start your own.