Seattle-based company teaches computer science to millions

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 7:17 PM

TUMWATER, Wash.  -- After this week, computer science will be a regular part of the curriculum at Tumwater's Serendipity Academy.

The students have Seattle-based code.org to thank.

"The tools they have provided for the kids are incredible. It makes it really easy on the teacher," said Serendipitdy science teacher Lorie Gillespie.

Code.org provided free computer science curriculum called "Hour of Code" to school districts around the country this week.

Code.org Chief "Evangelis" James Gwertzman said their goal was to have 10 million students participate.
They had close to 15 million take the course.

Gwertzman called the week a "phenomenal" success.

He was also surprised that 52 percent of the students who participated were girls.

“Typically only 20 percent of computer science students are girls, said Gwertzman.

Gillespie, who has a computer science degree, hopes code.org will inspire girls to look at computer science as a possible career.

"They're not aware of the opportunities," said Gillespie, "They're not aware of the great amount of money they can get doing this stuff."

For more information about the Hour of Code, goto http://code.org/

 

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