Nonprofit Code.org has an ambition to share with you, and it’s something many of us should already have been exposed to: learning to write code. To do this, Will.i.am, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Valve’s Gabe Newell, and even Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat were featured in a five-minute video directed by Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth), discussing their originating interest in code. The main message of the video encourages the American education system to get involved in the effort of teaching computer programming to students, stressing that millions of jobs going unfilled without this basic knowledge.
With the motto, “Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn code,” Code.org encourages you to sign the petition expressing the need to bring code to schools and students everywhere. The website also invites students, educators, and engineers to learn online for free through Code Academy.
Code.org was founded by Hadi Partrovi, an entrepreneur with a tremendous passion for technology and programming education, which is fairly non-existent in many K-12 schools. Be sure to watch the video above and start writing the web app for Tech Void. We could use the help.
Harvard is also on the lookout for those of us who don’t have a deep pocketbook. Free introductory courses are offered online and are a great starting point for those interested. For more information, head on over to Open Culture and become the coding fiend we know you are.