‘Hour of Code’ comes to Kansas City metro

‘Hour of Code’ comes to Kansas City metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An international push to get young kids interested in writing computer code is having an impact on local kids.

Student took part in a one hour introduction to computer science called the “Hour of Code” Tuesday at Google Fiber in Westport.

The non-profit Code.Org created free online courses so that every student can learn computer science. This comes at a time when there’s a high demand for skilled programmers, but a low number of people who have the necessary skills.

The goal is change that by showing students that anyone can write code.

“I like games; I like the idea or the aspect of creating games and coding would help out a lot in that,” Cristo Rey student Kailyn Cookesy-Garcia said.

More than 100 schools and community organizations in the Kansas City metro are participating in the event.

“I was surprised I actually liked it I was like, ‘Wow! It’s really interesting.’ Its way interesting than what I ever thought it could be,” Cristo Rey senior Isabel Diaz said.

Last year, more than 15 million students in 170 countries learned some computer coding during the “Hour of Code”.

This year, the goal is to reach 100 million participants worldwide.

Story by KSHB 41