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PREPARE FOR THE “HOUR OF CODE” IN ALABAMA

December 7, 2015

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Contact: Ed Crenshaw

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PREPARE FOR THE “HOUR OF CODE” IN ALABAMA

Alabama Celebrates the Importance of Computer Science Education Next Week

Montgomery, Ala. – Teachers and school systems statewide are hosting Hour of Code (HoC) events next week to celebrate Computer Science Education Week in Alabama, December 7-11.

More than 600 local Alabama HoC-related events have been planned (see full schedule of events athttps://hourofcode.com/us/events/all/us/al).

“The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries,” said Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in a news release from Code.org. “Learning to write programs stretches your mind and creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains. We encourage all schools and teachers to take the first step and do an #hourofcode … no experience required.”

“We are proud to be a part of this partnership to positively impact the lives of students,” said State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice. “Computer science education provides a real opportunity for students to prepare for successful futures. Research indicates that computer-related careers are some of the most in-demand and fastest-growing areas in America. This year’s Hour of Code celebration should energize Alabama’s computer-savvy students and teach them about the many great opportunities that exist through the study of computer science.”

HoC is “propelled by teachers,” said Laura Kline, Product and Marketing Manager for CODE.org in a recent interview. What began as an awareness campaign to get teachers interested and possibly excited about teaching computer science has now “taken on a life of its own” according to Kline. In its third year, the “Hour of Code” surpassed its national 2015 goal of 75,000 teacher registrations in the first week. Teachers and education leaders can visit CODE.org/learn to view and share 2015 tutorial videos and also to find more resources for HoC activities.

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