Google Encourages Girls To Code White House Christmas Tree

"Made with Code" a Google initiative to encourage girls to get involved in computer science, is lighting up the White House for Christmas.


Computer savvy kids who want to get into the holiday spirit can use code to deck the halls with boughs of holly…at the White House. 

Yesterday, Google today launched a new Holiday Lights project inviting girls to animate the trees at the White House's President's Park location.  

The new project is part of Google's "Made With Code" initiative,  launched to inspire kids — especially girls — to try coding.  To get started, head over to the Made With Code website.

The programmed lights will debut at the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on December 4th. 

"The tradition of the tree lighting ceremony dates back to 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit the first fir tree outside the White House," Google's Vice President of Engineering, Pavni Diwanji, wrote in a blog post  Tuesday. "This is the first year kids from across the country will be in control of the state and territory holiday tree lights!"

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