Founded in 2013 by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi, Code.org has found many backers in Silicon Valley.
Almost every student in the district spent 60 minutes practicing how to give a computer instructions on what to do during the Hour of Code. Code.org, which has raised more than $60 million from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Salesforce, was one of the first companies to tap into the demand for preteen programming literacy. In fifth grade, the students even write part of the code. 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. "Right now most schools in California don't offer any computer science classes and sadly, that disparity is punctuated by striking gender and racial gaps", Lt. Governor Newsom said. Recognized nationally, Computer Science Education Week is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in the field of computer science.
Celebrities have joined the movement this year to boost computer science education.
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Schools across the country are teaching students about Computer Science. Computer Science Education Week also recognizes the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who was instrumental in the creation of the first computer-language translator, which led to one of the first business-oriented computer languages, COBOL.
"Computer science education provides foundational learning in computational thinking that enables students to develop and apply critical thinking skills, demonstrate imagination and creativity, practice collaboration, exhibit leadership, and employ problem-solving skills", the proclamation reads.
Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce.