Computer science might soon become as much part of the American public school curriculum as geometry, chemistry, American literature have traditionally been if Code.org has anything to say about it.
Code.org, a one-year-old non-profit working to increase the availability of computer science courses in U.S. public schools, has announced today that it is partnering with 30 public school districts across the nation, including three of the top 10 largest in the country. These partnerships mean that Code.org’s efforts will reach over 2 million students, representing 5 percent of all U.S. public school students.
Code.org was founded by brothers Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi, Silicon Valley veterans and angel investors, a little over a year ago, and its donors include Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ron Conway, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others. The organization has created an online portal through which students can take computer science lessons, and it also helps public schools offer computer science courses by training their current teachers in the organization’s curriculum. It also works with policy makers on establishing computer science as a core and important subject and was behind the well publicized “Hour of Code” campaign last December.