It’s not every day you get to launch a campaign kicked off by the President, with Google replacing its logo in support, with a workshop in every Apple retail store in America, with support from Ashton Kutcher to Shakira to Chris Bosh. It turns out computer science is a lot more mainstream than people think.
Today I am humbled and excited to announce Computer Science Education Week 2013, and I welcome 5 million students in 35,000 schools across 167 countries to their first Hour of Code.
The Hour of Code video (2min). Watch it. Spread it across the country:
Kick-off speeches by President Barack Obama and Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:
Leaders from across the political spectrum have stepped forward to ask students everywhere to learn computer programming This is literally the one idea that 100% of politicians agree on. See: Newt Gingrich, Senator Cory Booker, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
Tutorials for ALL ages, featuring Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates:
To learn more about Apple’s Hour of Code Workshops, visit www.apple/retail. Microsoft Retail Stores will host an Hour of Code at all 51 U.S. stores throughout the week.
On the home pages of Google, Apple, Yahoo!, MSN, and more
This week you’ll see computer science on the home pages of Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, MSN, Bing and Disney, and many others will promote it online or in email.
We’ve had unprecedented support – not only from CEOs, celebrities, and world leaders, but from teachers, parents, and students, in the thousands and millions, to spread a simple idea: that computer science should be accessible to every 21st century student.
Although I’ve barely slept, organizing the Hour of Code over the last 5 months has been the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done, and I feel lucky to be able to thank you all for your support.
Whether you’re 6 or 106, start learning today!
P.S. The week has just started, but already 1.3 mm students have done the Hour of Code, and written 40mm lines of code. Help us reach 10 million students, and 1 billion lines of code. Give it to the people. Spread it across the country.