Did You Know? – Code.org

Future Literacy

The site Code.org is a non-profit organization that wants to increase the number of students, particularly underrepresented groups such as women or students of color, who are taking computing science.

Their current campaign is to try to get people to learn one hour of coding skills, skills that will be invaluable in just about any career that people intend to follow in the next 20 years. After all, if you don’t know the basics of how computers follow instructions, it can be very difficult to see how the insturctions we give computers to do the tasks we want turn out to give us results that are anything but what we want.

The Code.org site has a number of tutorials on various programming languages, as well as tutorials and games that simply help to illustrate to people how computers work, and how easy it can be to make them work for us. If you’ve ever felt like throttling your computer because there was some simple function that it just wasn’t doing, this site can be the start to you turning that frustration into a way to fix your problem, and perhaps even help all the other people like you out there who were suffering through the same thing.