“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” -Steve Jobs
Today marks the launch by Code.org of the "Hour of Code," a massive $1 million publicity campaign, to promote computer science education in schools across the globe. Code.org has so far raised nonprofit organization that has so far raised $10 million from supporters like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and major technology companies, and s getting recognition from other celebrities, President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R - VA) to help promote computer literacy as well.
"Don't just download the latest app, help design it," Obama said in a video address released this week. "Don't just play on your phone, program. No one's born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work — and some math and science — just about anyone can become one."
About 33,000 schools in 166 countries will dedicate at least one hour this week to computer science education as part of Code.org's initiative, which is timed to coincide with this year's Computer Science Education Week, which begins today and ends on December 15. Hour of code plans to teach kids as young as five to program.
According to the Bureau of Labor more than 140,000 computer science jobs are added to the American economy every year, while according to the National Science Foundation, just 40,000 college students are graduating with computer science degrees. And with new tech startups popping up and growing in places such as Silicon Valley, the campaign aims to reverse the trend by promoting computer programming among students and educators.
Inspiring boys and girls at a young age to, not just use technology, but learn how to help create it is the main goal of Code.org's Hour of Code. It only makes sense that as the world grows to develop and adapt to new technologies that we teach and help encourage our future generation of tech entrepreneurs and leaders to grow and help develop new technologies with it.