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Join The Hour Of Code

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Coding is a crucial skill in today’s global economy.

This week, NYCEDC announced a $1 Million expansion of teacher training in computer science with the Department of Education, Code.org, and the NYC Foundation for Computer Science Education. This announcement coordinated with the first day of Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take an interest in computer science. The program, which is sponsored by the Computing in the Core, recognizes the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster computer science at all educational levels.

A core component of the week is a nationwide activity called Hour of Code, which is an opportunity for every person to try computer science for one hour. Code.org offers tutorials to teach people of all ages the basics of coding; this year's goal was to recruit 10 million to log in the effort on the Code.org website. Already, the goal has been surpassed with over 13 million people joining the effort. To encourage local New York City teachers and students to participate in the Hour of Code, Code.org generously contributed $10,000 toward the purchase of new computers at the American Sign Language and English Secondary School. Even President Obama called on Americans to learn to code in a YouTube video.

NYCEDC is proud to be part of this effort to train the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and technological leaders. 

How will you join the coding movement? Visit Code.org to get started.

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