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The Hour of Code reaches 10 million students

In its first three days, more students used the Hour of Code than Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram combined in their first three months. And it’s not a photo-sharing app or a game, it’s learning to code!

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Halfway through “Computer Science Education Week,” we can hardly believe the power of the this movement. So far, 10 million students in 170 countries have been exposed to programming through an Hour of Code, together writing well over a quarter of a billion lines of code.  

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Students participating in the Hour of Code at Highland Elementary School in Ridgeland, MS.

More students have participated in computer science in U.S. schools in the last three days than in the last 100 years, and in an encouraging change, the girls are out-coding the boys.image

Laying foundations for the future - in Chicago, NYC, Wisconsin, and Alabama

This week we’ve also laid the foundation to ensure computer science is a permanent part of our national education system:

  • Chicago Public Schools announced a partnership with Code.org to bring computer science to every high school as a core subject.

  • The New York City Department of Education and Code.org unveiled a plan to bring computer science to NYC schools — the largest school district in the country.

  • Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed a bill that allows rigorous computer science classes to satisfy math or science graduation requirements.
  • Today, the Alabama state board is following suit.

In the next 10 years, we hope to have computer science in every U.S. school.

“What comes after the Hour of Code?”

If you can’t participate in the tutorials this week, don’t worry, they will still be available - we won’t remove them. Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, or a student, try your first Hour of Code, and if you liked it, learn beyond an hour, or find a local school workshop or camp.

If you haven’t already, start your own Hour of Code. Help us reach 1 billion lines of code!