North Dakota students participated in Code.org’s Hour of Code on Dec. 7 in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week. Over 6,000 students across the state representing nearly 100 schools participated in the event designed to demystify “code” and broaden participation in the field of computer science. North Dakota became the first state to hold a simultaneous statewide hour of code.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler also participated in the event, learning code from Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi in this video.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said that computer science knowledge will prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce and economy. “Teaching students 21st-century technology skills like coding can help them succeed in any career, and we celebrate the thousands of students, educators, administrators, and volunteers who are participating in Hour of Code,” he said in a press release.
The event was supported by North Dakota Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley, along with Gov. Doug Burgum, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and more than 30 Microsoft volunteers.