Code.org launched its first crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last month with the goal of providing 100 million students worldwide with the opportunity to study computer science for one hour every day. The project, called An Hour of Code For Every Student, needs $5,000,000 in order to accomplish this goal, and Code.org plans to match every donation dollar for dollar, up to $2,500,000.
According to Code.org’s campaign website, 90% of schools still don’t teach computer science. “Our schools teach kids how to dissect a frog and how weather works. Today, it's equally fundamental to learn to ‘dissect an app’, or how the Internet works. Every young person deserves basic knowledge of how the world works around them and how to build technology that’s changing the world.”
The nonprofit has already built the courses, but the additional money will provide in-person training for teachers and will allow them to add computer science to their course schedule. Beyond introducing one hour of computer science to 100 million students, Code.org will help millions continue to learn online or in schools by establishing permanent courses and training teachers.
The images below demonstrate the impact of the $5,000,000, and how those funds will be used. Currently, the campaign has raised $2,383,962 and will end on December 14.
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