Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will offer free coding classes at their retail stores starting on Wednesday, December 11th. These classes, which were designed for kids and teens, are part of a larger program called ‘Hour of Code’. Interested students can sign up for classes at a nearby Apple store on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s website. These classes will last one hour each and will teach kids the basics of computer programming.
Code.org mentioned in a statement, “The Hour of Code campaign aims to demystify computer science for students across the country by taking them through introductory tutorials that can be completed online, on a smartphone, or even unplugged.”
Hour of Code goals / mission
The ‘Hour of Code’ is part of Computer Science Education Week, a large global initiative that teaches young people the basics of computer science and technology. With the influx of technology-oriented jobs throughout the world, it’s crucial that tomorrow’s generation learns the tricks of the trade. This year’s CSEW will include 5 million students spanning from 35,000 schools across 167 countries.
Apple not the only one endorsing Hour of Code
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn’t the only company endorsing Hour of Code, which has been endorsed by everyone including politicians (President Barack Obama and Republican leader Eric Cantor), high-profile celebrities, and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg. The Code.org blog post added we can expect to see more computer science on the home pages of popular websites like Google, Yahoo, YouTube, MSN, Bing, Disney, etc.
Their blog post further elaborated, “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.”