See the largest learning event in history. Hour of Code is coming to Kansas City. Don’t miss it.

See the largest learning event in history. Hour of Code is coming to Kansas City. Don’t miss it.

Computers are everywhere. They’re in our homes, in our cars, in our pockets.

And they all depend on software to tell them what to do.

But who exactly is going to write this software?


WHO: More than 100 Kansas City metro area schools and community organizations are participating in Hour of Code events during Computer Science Education Week, December 8 – 14, 2014. To see why, join elementary, middle and high school students from Crossroads Academy, Foreign Language Academy and Cristo Rey team up to explore Computer Science and learn to code during Hour of Code KC.

WHAT: Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. This global movement is aiming to reach 100 million students in 180+ countries. Tutorials are available in over 30 languages. Learn more at and

WHEN & WHERE: Tuesday, December 9, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at Google Fiber Space, 1814 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

SPONSORED BY: KC STEM Alliance, Balance Innovations, Google Fiber, KCnext and UMKC School of Computing and Engineering

MORE OF THE STORY: At a time when demand for skilled programmers has never been higher, our nation is turning out fewer computer scientists. Thousands of jobs, many of them right here in the Kansas City region, are going unfilled because we lack individuals with the right skill sets. Girls and minorities are especially underrepresented. The good news is—change is underway.

KC STEM Alliance, through its affiliate partner Project Lead the Way (PLTW), is excited to be among the early adopters of Computer Science curriculum for high school students. PLTW’s Computer Science pilot program is currently underway in 17 high schools in the Kansas City region. Supporting Hour of Code represents another way Kansas City can ensure that our students are on the forefront of creating the technology of the future–not just consuming it.

“We are really excited to see this event taking place in Kansas City,” said Todd Shutts, vice president of the advanced technology group at Balance Innovations. “Technology education is key to many future careers and opportunities, and we hope the Hour of Code will spark interest in STEM programs. It’s fantastic to see kids from different age groups working together on this challenge.”


Contact: Melissa Ashcraft
Cell: 816-392-8682