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An ode to code

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Date posted: March 4, 2013

What do Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have in common with entertainer will.i.am, actor Ashton Kutcher, and NBA all-star Chris Bosh? It’s not the ability to dunk a basketball. Nope. These very different celebrities share an appreciation for coding, the ability to write the code that lets computers and digital devices do the extraordinary things we often take for granted. And that’s why they’ve gotten together at code.org to emphasize the importance of learning to code.

code.orgThe ability to code is important for America’s economic future, and could be the ticket to a good job with an exciting company. Beyond that, it can be fun and rewarding. Just ask the kids whose code gets a robot to perform a task successfully or a game to work as they envisioned.

Launched last week, code.org’s goal is for every student in every school to have the opportunity to learn coding. To that end, the website can help students start learning to code or point them towards schools in their area that teach coding. An educator can find coding resources and programs they could bring to their own school.

What are you waiting for? Get started today at www.code.org.