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Kentucky ­ses Ideafestival to Push Students Toward Hour of Code Movement


The Kentucky Center.

The 2014 IdeaFestival will be held at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, KY.

Credit: The Kentucky Center/Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky Coders hopes to register 1 million Hour of Code coding events before December, starting at the 2014 IdeaFestival, an international event held in Louisville.

The Hour of Code movement was launched by Code.org, which wants to have millions of people try Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, which takes place December 8-14, 2014. "The Hour of Code is intended to get kids excited about taking their first steps for computer science education that they can continue either in the classroom or outside of the classroom," says Code.org's Cameron Wilson.

Twenty students from the Louisville Urban League's Project Ready Program plan to learn coding at IdeaFestival. The students are attending as guests of Louisville tech company Net Tango, which also will speak with the students about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Code.org says Kentucky is one of 23 states where students can take computer science classes for credit toward high school graduation. "I think the major focus, for the next couple of months in Kentucky, should be to try to get every school to participate in the Hour of Code," Wilson says. "Ideally, we'd like every school to sign up to be a whole school participation where every single student is going to take an Hour of Code."

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