Last year we did the Hour of Code a little bit late, but this year we are right on time! Second through fifth graders will participate in this year's Hour of Code next week! The goal of Hour of Code is to bring computer science to all students, regardless of gender, social status, or race. Not only are there more computer science jobs than people who are pursuing degrees in computer science, but there are huge inequities in other ways. This is a portion of what hourofcode.com released in promotional materials this year.
"Technology and software historically suffer from an extreme lack of diversity. The Hour of Code is a first step in fixing this, showing all students what computer science is all about. Last year almost half of all Hour of Code participants were girls, 8% were black and 14% Hispanic. Computer science students on average are only 18% female, 3% black, and 8% Hispanic."
That is huge! Not only that, but 15 millions students were reached last year with this program! This year, they are aiming for 100 million. Check out some of the stats from last year below, as well as other interesting graphics.