PM launches Hour of Code

Prime Minster David Cameron launches The Hour of Code at a Downing Street event, where 50 children took their first steps in learning to code

 The initiative gives anyone the opportunity to experience the creativity and power of coding. Individuals are given an introduction to the basics of computer programming in just 60 minutes, through very simple and fun tutorials including programming your very own Angry Bird or creating a snowflake with Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. 

In addition to schools, a number of businesses are bucking the trend to actively offer employees their first step into further digital literacy by encouraging their entire workforces to take part in the Hour of Code. These include – Condé Nast, Microsoft, The Guardian and The BBC.

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Avid Larizadeh, Head of Hour of Code UK said: “It has become essential to understand the fundamentals of technology as it underpins so much of our daily lives. The Hour of Code has been designed to provide an insight into the creative power of coding and computational thinking. Regardless of age or gender, anyone from a 48-year-old Prime Minister to a six-year-old girl can learn the basics of computer science in a fun and engaging way.”

Organisations, schools, businesses and individuals in the UK are all encouraged to participate in the Hour of Code UK by visiting hourofcode.com/uk.

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