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President Obama Promotes Computer Science In Schools

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The advancement of technology with the use of smartphones and laptops has become essential in the lives of today’s teenagers, but only a small percentage of college graduates proceed to obtain a degree in computer science.

Well, the White House wants to change that…

The celebration of Computer Science Education Week began with an “Hour of Code” kick-off video by President Barack Obama, who announced on Monday (Dec. 8) that seven of the largest school districts in the U.S. will be joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science classes to all students with a focus on getting more girls and minority boys into these classes.

“While no one is born a computer scientist, becoming a computer scientist isn’t as scary as it sounds,” President Barack Obama said in a video message. “With hard work and a little math and science, anyone can do it.”

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

The school districts encompassing New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Houston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida have committed to offer the course in high schools or middle schools with some larger districts offering computer science as electives at limited campuses.

Check out the Hour of Code kick-off video by President Obama, below:

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