"The U.S. is facing a 3-1 gap between computing jobs and graduating students," said
White pointed to computing's role in driving innovation and sustaining economic growth. "The study of computer science provides a foundation that is increasingly critical to a growing number of fields from engineering and defense, to environment and health, to energy and communication. As the Internet Age explodes and software appears in every appliance, building, and vehicle, we have a societal interest in promoting understanding of and interest in our discipline."
The online tutorials offered by Code.org are authored by various educational groups and gaming companies. These hour-long tutorials can be completed online, on a smartphone, or even unplugged. Classrooms across the country will have opportunities to win prizes for participating, including a group conference call for 100 classrooms with a technology titan to kick off their Hour of Code.
A founding partner of Computer Science Education Week and a core partner of Code.org in bringing real computer science to U.S. high schools, ACM is inviting its student and professional members to engage with their families, schools, professional and recreational groups to participate in the Hour of Code. For example, ACM is offering incentives to ACM Student Chapters (http://www.acm.org/chapters/students/students-toc) to mobilize their members with messages that emphasize the ability of simple computer science activities to nurture creativity and problem-solving skills. The first week in December was chosen for National Computer Science Education Week in honor of the birthday of
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