Rebecca Linke

Try an Hour of Code. You might just like it.

December 09, 2013 3:22 PM EST

If you go to Google today, you will see a Google Doodle in honor of Grace Hopper, the  computer scientist whose theory lead to the development of COBOL and who is credited with coming up with the term debugging. What you might not notice is a small line underneath the search bar reading, “Be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Get started now with an Hour of Code.” So what is an Hour of Code? You can see here.


Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education, created this video to encourage students to try coding as part of the Computer Science Education Week. And the video includes endorsements from some big names, including Angela Bassett, Ashton Kutcher, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckurberg, Steve Jobs. Oh yeah, and President Obama.

The goal is to get 10 million students to try coding this week, something even young kids can do. As of this writing, 2.8 million had tried it. So go ahead, encourage the student in your life to try an Hour of Code. Grace Hopper would approve.

Grace Hopper Google Doodle