Compass International School Doha is joining the global campaign ‘Hour of Code’ across all its three campuses, as part of the ‘largest event in history’, during the celebration of the Computer Science Education Week, ongoing until 10 December.
What is the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify the code, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with a one-hour coding activities and expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
When is the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week, but an Hour of Code can be hosted all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (9 December 1906).
Why computer science? Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
According to Code.org, fewer than half of all schools around the world teach Computer Science. Unfortunately, girls and minorities are severely under represented in these classes and in the technology industry as a whole.
With the Hour of Code, Computer Science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code. Even Barak Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign. That is why students at Compass International School Doha are joining in on the largest learning event in history.
Visit the Compass International School Doha website for more information about their participation to the global campaign.