Zuckerberg, Gates Take Computer Science Lessons to Schools

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are among the tech luminaries lining up behind Code.org, an effort to bring computer science into schools. The two are scheduled to participate in the organization’s “Hour of Code” — 60-minute programming tutorials planned for Computer Science Education Week, which starts December 9.

code.org_logo“The Code.org vision is that every school should teach computer science and that every student should get a chance to study it or at least some basic exposure,” the organization said in a statement. It has provided teacher materials for setting up an Hour of Code event for students of all ages. So far, there seems to be no set time for the Zuckerberg/Gates sessions.

The tutorials will use a game to teach basic coding principles and use artwork from popular titles like Rovio’s Angry Birds and PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies.

Former Microsoft manager and startup investor Hadi Partovi, Code.org’s co-founder, called computer science education “the gift that the tech industry owes back to America.”

As an incentive for schools to participate, the organization is offering 50 schools a group videoconference with a tech luminary such as Gates, Square’s Jack Dorsey or Google’s Susan Wojcicki. Another 50 schools — one in every state – will win a full classroom of computers. The first 100,000 educators to participate will win 10 gigabytes of free storage from Dropbox.

2 Responses to “Zuckerberg, Gates Take Computer Science Lessons to Schools”

  1. Fred Bosick

    Gates and Zuckerberg don’t want more US IT graduates as a means of enriching the lives and careers of young people, but only a means on ensuring subsistence wages when the torrent of H-1Bs eventually dries up.

    Having to pay “bribes” to congresscritters for lax immigration laws is a waste of perfectly good excessive moolah! Better to cut out the middlemen and doom a generation of Millennials and “Oughts” to a lifetime of wage pressures applied by their own fellow citizens.