Students in Warren learn about computer science during Hour of Code

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The campaign takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, which this year is December 4-10.

This growing interest in computer science is excellent news for economies across the region which are gearing up to compete in the fourth industrial revolution, an economic landscape which will be dominated by digital technologies, robotics, artificial intelligence and next-generation transportation. That work includes broadening access to computer science education.

Governor Doug Ducey visited the Phoenix Coding Academy on Monday to kick off Computer Science Education Week.

Forty students have completed all 50 boot camp missions and are awaiting the next 20 missions to be released in the Week of Code. "It makes you think and it helps you with problem solving", Jones said.

If you learn how to code, there's no limit what you can achieve.

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Salsman comes from a music background with no formal computer training, though a TDSB wide competition dubbed the Hack-A-Thon propelled her and her students to learn how to code and the results have been eye-opening.

Students studying computer skills in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 10, 2017. Computer science is foundational for every industry today, yet most schools don't teach it. "In the arts curriculum, what you can do with coding through music and visual arts is stunning".

The event is part of Hour of Code, an initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Under each block is a line of Java code and the students can "look under the hood" to see the actual code which is being used.

"If only 1 percent of the girls actively learning on Code.org continued past high school, they'd outnumber the gender gap in university CS", Partovi said.

High School Computer Science teacher, Mark Ives believes the provinces schools are doing well when it comes to teaching tech trades like coding but admits more could be done, and has to be done, "It's definitely a need it's something we have to do or we'll be falling behind". "When students use technology to create something of their own design by coding, it builds both technical skill and confidence - both of which are critical for success in the future". More than 400 partners support Code.org's Hour of Code, including major tech companies such as Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

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