Treasure Valley students take advantage of the 'Hour of Code'

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Treasure Valley students take advantage of the 'Hour of Code'

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

BOISE -- Millions of students around the world gathered to prove that computer science doesn't have to be scary. They're participating in the Hour of Code, which includes writing computer code and works to promote computer skills.

On Friday morning, students at White Pine Elementary School in Boise designed iPhone apps  and learned how to program Angry Birds games. The Hour of Code is part of computer science education week, an initiative encouraging kids to get excited about science and technology, a field with more open positions than qualified applicants.

"It's been really fun watching these kids make mistakes, learn from them and just get excited and demystifying the idea of programming," said teacher Tom Bellomy.

Computer science education week and the Hour of Code are both endorsed by a several influential people, including former President Bill Clinton, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft chairman, Bill Gates.

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