Cayan Participated in the 2016 Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org. It started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities.
 
An astonishing 151,339 events and 100 million students across 180+ countries worldwide are expected to participate in 2016’s Hour of Code, being held the week of December 5-11. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide. The event provides a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. No prior coding experience is needed. Its core belief is that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
 
The United States currently faces a wide gap in qualified employees who can fill computer science positions. Going forward, this gap will grow if we cannot improve the rate at which we can graduate and train future computer science workers.
 
Hour of Code can also help close the tech gender gap, according to Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code, an Hour of Code partner. "For young women, it's important for them to understand that their ability to interact with technology is not restricted, and that they can be successful pursuing engineering careers," Percival said. "At the same time it is a chance for mentors and teachers to get involved, acting as role models and showing that there are already incredible women doing amazing things with technology."
 
Even if students don't pursue a career in computer science, it’s beneficial for students to understand the principles underlying code, as computers will continue to play an increasingly larger role in our lives and jobs.
 
In 2014, United States President Barack Obama participated in Hour of Code, and became the first US president to write a line of code. In 2016, I was lucky enough to spend two days at a Boston-area elementary school’s Hour of Code events, as part of Cayan’s Volunteer Time Off program – one of the great benefits we enjoy at Cayan. It’s a privilege to help teach the next generation of coders. Even the student who thought that he was getting the better of us by playing Minecraft instead of working on his assignment – whether you knew it or not, you were actually coding!
 
To learn more about Hour of Code and start learning how to code, check out the tutorials and activities