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Microsoft and Code.org want to teach kids to code with Minecraft

The popular block-building-sandbox game is creeping into the third annual Hour of Code, a worldwide campaign to spark students' interest in programming.

By November 16, 2015


Star Wars joins forces with Code.org for Hour of Code tutorials

Code.org partners with Disney and Lucasfilm to create tech tutorials for kids featuring characters from the new Star Wars film.

By November 9, 2015


Microsoft plots Windows 10 blitz for July 29 launch

Microsoft's multimillion-dollar Windows 10 ad and marketing campaign will focus on an "upgrading the world" theme.

By July 13, 2015


How girls who code hope to inspire the next generation

While 57 percent of bachelor's degrees are earned by women, just 12 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women, according to Code.org. CNET sat down with several girls, sixth graders to high school seniors, who are already working to change that statistic and have advice for girls who want to start to code.

May 8, 2015


Obama jumps in to Hour of Code event with a little JavaScript

In campaign to promote computer programming, the president tells kids: "Don't just consume, create." Later, at a White House-hosted event, he even learns to write a few lines of code himself.

By December 8, 2014


Apple to host free workshops to take the mystery out of coding

Tech giant will hold Hour of Code events next week at its stores -- from New York to London to Tokyo -- to spark kids' interest in computer programming.

By December 4, 2014


Hour of Code campaign urges students to learn to code (podcast)

The Hour of Code campaign, launched by Code.org and supported by President Obama, is aiming to get 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms worldwide to learn at least one hour of computer science this week.

By December 9, 2013


'Hour of Code' to teach kids as young as 5 to program

Education has long revolved around reading, writing, and arithmetic. But Code.org wants to see coding added to the curriculum. CNET's Sumi Das looks at the efforts to introduce computer science into schools.

By December 5, 2013


Best free sites for learning how to write code

These four sites offer step-by-step tutorials that take very different approaches to programming instruction. One of them is perfect for your level of coding experience.

By December 12, 2013


Introducing kids to coding, one hour at a time

Hour of Code, which starts Monday, is a weeklong effort to help students engage in the basics of computer science.

By December 6, 2013