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Decoding Computer Science

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Decoding Computer Science

Computer science is a foreign language to most people. Code.org is trying to change that by making the subject more accessible and understandable. As part of its efforts, the non-profit created Hour of Code, a 60-minute introduction to computer science, intended to “demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.”

The official Hour of Code event takes place annually in December, during Computer Science Education Week, but the tutorials are available year-round online at hourofcode.com. They are available in 40 different languages and range in difficulty level for people ages 4 to 104. Tutorials can be completed on a computer or with a pencil and paper, individually or in groups.

According to a recent report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, only 25 percent of high schools in the U.S. offer computer science classes. Yet, the Occupational Outlook Handbook projects the field will grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

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