COMPUTER SCIENCE MAY be critical to careers of the future, but kids today don’t much care about it. For the most part, they still need convincing that coding is cool.
A new partnership between Code.org and Lucasfilm should help.
Recently, as part of its annual Hour of Code event, Code.org launched a free online tutorial that prompts kids to build their own games, based on characters in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Star Wars heroines Princess Leia and Rey, a character from the new film, will lead students through the lessons, where they’ll learn to write code to design their own games featuring characters like R2-D2 and C-3PO.
“One of the most important things for us is to make computer science more popular, to broaden participation and get students of all ages and all backgrounds to give it a shot,” says Hadi Partovi, who founded Code.org. So far at least, Code.org has been successful in achieving that goal. Of the 5 million students currently registered on Code.org, around 2 million are girls and around 2 million are black or Hispanic.
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