Code.org raises $12M to help more kids learn computer science

  • Code.org raises $12M to help more kids learn computer science

Code.org raises $12M to help more kids learn computer science

This week, Microsoft is using its retail stores to host Hour of Code workshops, deploying its government affairs team to work with legislators to promote coding, and hosting educational events at its sales offices.

In conjunction with the funding announcement, Code.org also highlighted a slew of new commitments from cities and states that have pledged to increase their investments in computer science education. So far, more than 450 million students have signed up. 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.

The event is part of Hour of Code, an initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Some of these pledges include a onetime $15 million investment from Florida Governor Rick Scott, a $500,000 fund in Arkansas for computer science teachers, and a £100 million budget in the United Kingdom for training computer science teachers in 2018.

"If only 1 percent of the girls actively learning on Code.org continued past high school, they'd outnumber the gender gap in university CS", Partovi said. The organization announced its funding today during the kickoff for the annual Computer Science Education Week, which takes place every December in honor of the birthday of computer science pioneer Grace Hopper, who helped shape some of the earliest foundations of programming. Second, Code.org calls for the creation of state standards that all computer science classes must adhere to.

During his visit, Governor Ducey joined Principal Seth Beute, Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Chad Gestson, and industry partners to discuss the importance of increasing opportunities for Arizona students to participate in high-quality computer science education.