The Hour of Code

Join the Hour of Code this week.


Today, December 9, is the beginning of Computer Science Education Week, observed each year in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (born December 9, 1906)., a non-profit dedicated to promoting computer science education, is encouraging every K-12 student in America to join an “Hour of Code.”

Steve Jobs believed that “I think everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.”

My love affair with programming started with BASIC at a local Radio Shack (see related article, Radio Shack’s TRS-80 turns 35) and later turned into C and C++ before I discovered business intelligence. My children may not follow me into engineering school and a technology profession, but I do hope that they will each learn how to do some simple programming. My twelve-year-old daughter recently took part in a one-day computer camp at a local university learning Scratch and Processing. And I recently joined my first Kickstarter for Kano, a Raspberry Pi-based computer, but it won’t arrive for her and I to put together until next summer.

In the meantime, has many resources on their web site for the Hour of Code. Consider taking an hour this week and help somebody discover programming.



Learning How to Think

Inspiring the next generation to learn coding. is a non-profit foundation founded by brothers Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi dedicated to growing computer programming education. They’ve released a video encouraging young people to learn programming. It featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg,, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. The video was directed by Lesley Chilcott, whose production credits include An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman.

The clip begins with the following quote from Steve Jobs, taken from Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview.

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think” – Steve Jobs

As somebody who taught myself to program BASIC at a local Radio Shack, I hope this video will inspire the next generation- including my own children- to learn how to program.  Learning to code became much hipper to my 12-year-old daughter when appeared on the screen.

I’m curious how other parents are helping their children to learn programing. Please share your tips.