“In China, every student learns computer programming”.
This is the quote that appears at the end of the teaser trailer for code.org.
Code.org is a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education.
Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn how to code. They believe that computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics and chemistry.
Their goals include:
- Spreading the word that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers, and that it's much easier to learn to program than you think.
- Building an authoritative database of all programming schools, whether they are online courses, brick+mortar schools or summer camps.
The code.org website is certainly worth checking out and it aggregates some popular resources such as Code Academy, CodeHS and Khan Academy. It also has a very impressive page of links to other free resources (tools and online learning materials) such as Code Avengers, Hackety Hack and App Inventor.
Check out the code.org promotional video below:
BTW: If your interested how the UK compares internationally when it comes to teaching computer science in schools this Computing at School: International Comparisons Paper is worth a read.