|President Obama Experiences An Hour of Code|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Wednesday, 10 December 2014|
In a event to mark the beginning of this year's Computer Science Education Week, President Obama produced his first ever line of code, with help from a middle-school pupil.
President Obama has been prominent figure in the Hour of Code campaign encouraging school students to engage in computer science. As he did for last year's inaugural Hour of Code, President Obama again recorded a message telling kids:
"Don't just consume things, create things. Take an hour to learn more about the technology that touches every part of our lives. That's how you can prepare yourself with the skills you need for your future. And that's how you can help prepare our country for the future as well."
This year however instead of just talking about learning to code, he tried it himself and ran the following program:
Twenty middle-school pupils from Newark, New Jersey took part in the Hour of Code event at the White House and President Obama was ably guided to his achievement by one of the girl students. She seemed very confident with the programming environment whereas President Obama appeared to be anticipating rocket science.
Addressing the group of kids around the table he says:
"It turns out the concepts are not that complicated”
but then his attempt to explain it adds a layer of complication:
Luckily Code.org's founder, Hadi Partovi, was on hand to point out that nobody thinks of it in terms of ones and zeros any longer and that these days its normal to express the list of instructions using something much closer to English.
President Obama's misconceptions about what is involved in 21st century programming does point up the failings of the educational system with regard to computer science over the past few decades. However, his administration does seem committed to rectifying the situation. Announcements made to coincide with the House of Code event were:
Hour of Code Aims to Reach 100 Million Worldwide
Five Reasons To Teach Kids To Code
Teach Code In School - Before It's Too Late!
Zuckerberg, Gates And More Promoting Computing In Schools
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|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 December 2014 )|