Apple is throwing its support behind the second annual Hour of Code by holding free one-hour coding workshops at its retail stores, around the world.
According to Apple, the retail store workshops “will offer an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming.” The workshops coincide with Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students.
The Hour of Code campaign aims to reach 100 million students by the end of the 2014. In addition to promoting interest in computer science, the campaign also wants to break stereotypes that steer girls and minorities away from the field.
“We’re thrilled to have Apple on board again this year, encouraging students around the world to explore the wonders of building technology,” said Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org. “The Hour of Code, we hope, will continue to spark a creative fire that students might otherwise never discover.”
As part of Computer Science Education Week Apple will also host developers and engineers for special events and discussions in select cities around the world.
This is a great move by Apple. Supporting education and inspiring people young and old to code is good for everyone.
You can sign-up for the Hour of Code workshops on Apple’s Web site.