Want more developers? You have to inspire them early. Hour of Code is here to help.

You can’t read a tech blog these days without someone bemoaning the dearth of development talent hamstringing startups and major corporations alike. And the problem isn’t getting any better. If anything, it will continue to get worse. But there’s something you can do to help. By encouraging kids to try coding. And that’s where the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week comes in.

What’s the Hour of Code, you ask?

It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator.

We’ll provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. We’ll even have unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.

Awesome, right? Well, there are already nearly 100 Oregon schools and organizations participating. But that’s not nearly enough. And you don’t even have to be a school to get involved. Anyone can host an Hour of Code gathering.

If you want to get involved, register with Hour of Code. For more information, visit Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013, or code.org.

  1. Can you send the coding websites that you and the boys were talking about on Saturday and a description of how they are different, please? Thanks

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