Students in Warren learn about computer science during Hour of Code

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Code.org is getting $12 million in philanthropic funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors like auditor PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), as first reported by the Seattle Times.

Founded in 2013 by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi, Code.org has found many backers in Silicon Valley. Code.org, which has raised more than $60 million from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Salesforce, was one of the first companies to tap into the demand for preteen programming literacy.

Fifth grade student Ajhawer Guy said he likes how complicated computer science can be.

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Students at Jackson Middle School joined the annual Hour of Code event, introducing kids to the world of computer coding.

In conjunction with the funding announcement, Code.org also highlighted a slew of new commitments from cities and states that have pledged to increase their investments in computer science education. The event gets its name from an hour-long introduction to computer science class designed by Code.org.

Schools across the country are teaching students about Computer Science.

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Governor Doug Ducey visited the Phoenix Coding Academy on Monday to kick off Computer Science Education Week.

"If only 1 percent of the girls actively learning on Code.org continued past high school, they'd outnumber the gender gap in university CS", Partovi said.

"Providing more opportunities for students to study computer science and computer programming, whether informally through extracurricular activities and clubs or through computer science courses in middle and high school, will help to encourage students to pursue computing careers and will better prepare them for our evolving workforce", Gov. Cooper said.

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This week, students and teachers across the globe will participate in coding activities and promote computer science education in schools.

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