A short 3 years ago, code.org was launched and the Computer Science world has never been the same. The CEO Hadi Partovi graduated from Harvard, worked for Microsoft (a few times as they purchased his startups) and then realized that he could be doing more for the youth of America in regards to Computer Science. So he did.
January 28th – Code.org
In 2013, Code.org started with this video, and schools around America realized that this is what they needed to reach a new generation of students. They began the Hour of Code which encourages everyone to try coding (through tutorials) for an hour to see how simple it can be. 3 years later, Code.org is the leader for CS education in America and building and expanding everyday. Exploring Computer Science, Bootstrap, The Beauty and Joy of Computing are all supported by them (and the National Science Foundation [NSF]) and that support allows teachers who have taught the course to become facilitators and train other teachers. This work is also supported by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) which works with curriculum but also states to recognize Computer Science as a subject and for teachers to be licensed in it.
We are at a very exciting time in our history as the world is changing, becoming smaller thanks to technology, and we are on the cusp of developing a brand new curriculum in schools to support it. It’s what I’m passionate about, and after a few tutorials hopefully you’ll become to.