Apple has announced its participation in this year’s Hour of Code, a worldwide effort to increase interest in coding education among students.
Apple is planning to offer free one-hour workshops at its Apple Store retail locations. The workshops will provide participants with an introduction to computer science concepts. The campaign hopes to break through the barriers that surround computer science, such as it being too difficult or challenging, in addition to ending the white male stereotype that keeps girls and minorities from entering the field, writes Jonny Evans for ComputerWorld.
“Hour of Code is a fun one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming.”
Those who wish to participate can sign up to attend a session at Apple Stores in the US and around the world.
The Hour of Code movement was started by Code.org, who is working in partnership with a number of businesses to organize and roll out this year’s installment. Funding for the effort comes from Microsoft and other companies, with the goal of reaching 100 million students by the end of the year.
“We are proud to be part of making computer science accessible to students of all ages around the world,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Education is part of Apple’s DNA and we believe this is a great way to inspire kids to discover technology.”
Apple will conduct workshops on Thursdy, December 11 in both international and domestic retail locations. Last year the workshops were only available in US stores, writes Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch.
In addition to the workshops, Apple will be introducing an entire week’s worth of speakers and other events in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week at a number of its international stores, including London, Berlin and Tokyo. Information pertaining to coding will be made available through the App Store as well as its developer portal through a microsite that has been created especially for the occasion.
Developers of the iOS app, FitPort, will be hosted at the Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo, Japan at 7pm on Monday, December 8th. At the same time, the chief creator of The Elements app will be at the North Michigan Avenue Apple Store in Chicago, Illinois, for a brief talk.
Hour of Code events will also be hosted at Microsoft stores. The company will be hosting events through the month of December, helping students learn to write and publish apps as well as to use other programs. An individualized listing of events is available on each store’s website, under the “in-store events” tab.
A total of 62,000 events are planned for next week.