President Obama has decided to play it cool and kicked off the Computer Science Education Week by conveying to the audience that coding on your phone is everyone’s top priority now. He believes the future of the American generation lies in staying up to date with the latest technology tools.
One might say the president is trying to send a message in the YouTube video that learning to hack is fine and you should start early on in your education. After the NSA data collection debacle, the Edward Snowden leak and PRISM, it looks as if the President himself has adopted a new strategy. Use the education platform to make all of this sound cool and very much a critical tool to the future success.
Code.org is the organization behind the Computer Science Weekly and is a non-profit with an aim of expanding computer science education. An “Hour of Code” is being set up for this week’s event and the event organizers want everyone to participate in this introduction to programming course. It uses puzzles which features popular online game characters to introduce to the students to the coding concepts. This step is being borrowed from the “Year of Code” campaign, which was being promoted in 2012 by Codeacademy, a programming tutorial company.
This code literacy program has gained a lot of traction and several companies are taking part in the Hour of Code program. However the big mystery surrounding this Computer Science Weekly is why was the need for the President Obama to endorse the event. He did state a simple message “Don’t just play on your phone. Program it.” Take out your smart phones folks and start hacking away. Is that what the President meant?