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Gov. Little urges Hour of Code involvement as part of Computer Science Education Week

From left: Gov. Brad Little, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and STEM Action Center Interim Executive Director Dr. Kaitlin Maguire | Courtesy of Idaho STEM Action Center
BOISE — Gov. Brad Little has proclaimed this week, Dec. 7-13, Computer Science Education Week in Idaho.
“Job opportunities in computer science will continue to grow,” Little said in a news release. “Introducing our students to computer science early on will expose them to real-world experiences and strengthen critical thinking skills that will serve them throughout their lives.”
As part of the proclamation, Little is urging Idahoans to take part in Hour of Code.

Hour of Code, an online organization, is designed to “demystify” web coding. Users can code alongside a wide array of special guests, including Little, NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and Idaho-based game designer Blocksmith XR.
Nineteen of Idaho’s top-20 hot jobs through 2026 will require science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. The demand for jobs in application software development and information security analysis will increase by 30 percent between 2016 and 2026, the department predicts.
Through the Idaho STEM Action Center, those interested can register for any of the approximate 100 statewide Hour of Code events this year.
Hour of Code is for anyone “4 to 104.” You can find out more on how to participate here.
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Source: eastidahonews.com

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