In June of 2020, when police brutality in the U.S. sparked global protests against racism, Code.org published a post outlining our commitment to support our Black employees, partners, teachers, and students.
We hosted a brainstorm for our entire staff, made a multi-year plan of action, and committed to public updates twice a year. (The January 2021 update is here).
Below are actions we’ve taken at Code.org in the last 6 months towards better supporting our Black Employees Students and Teachers (BEST) plan:
“I am not an expert, but I can solve some problems,” says Constanza Mazzey, 16. A student with a knack for coding, she joined a group at her high school in Coyhaique, a city in southern Chile, that developed an oceanic probe to detect water temperature and fish behavior. The device is intended to help the local fishing industry increase their catch.
“We wanted to create a tool that would allow our community fishermen to see data like temperature changes because their work is based on the species that are…
Today Code.org announced the signing of a licensing agreement with WhiteHat Jr, a premium one-on-one tutoring company that serves over 175,000 students worldwide.
Code.org’s computer science (CS) curriculum and platform will always remain free for educators and organizations. This agreement allows WhiteHat Jr to integrate Code.org’s content and tools into their online tutoring service, enabling students to learn foundational computer science with one of their 11,000 private teachers using the Code.org platform.
Code.org is the largest provider of CS curricula for students, and has built one of the most popular CS education platforms globally. …
Gracie dreams of being an astrophysicist someday, and she’s starting her journey one line of code at a time.
The 4th grade student from Omaha, Nebraska began learning computer science at home using Code.org when her parents started homeschooling her last March after schools abruptly shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I like space stuff!” the 10-year-old says, speaking like a true future astrophysicist. “For a final project, I wanted to make a space invader-type game and started building from there.”
Gracie’s game, called “Earth Defenders,” is impressive from a technical standpoint. Built with 369 lines of code, players…
Each year, domestic and international tourists descend upon the 1,300-year-old Yamanaka Onsen resort — about six hours west of Tokyo — to visit its hot springs, which are said to ease muscle and joint pain. But visitors often find it’s not easy to maintain a comfortable hot spring temperature.
A student* in an Ishikawa prefecture school decided to use her programming class to develop a hot spring temperature regulation system. “By combining a temperature sensor and a heater, we created a mechanism that automatically adjusts the temperature of hot water according to the outside air at that time,” she said.
Many schools and classrooms have looked very different this year than they have in years past, but one thing holds constant: the passion and dedication of all the teachers who work hard every single day to educate our students, no matter the circumstances.
During this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to recognize and thank the many thousands of teachers here in the U.S. and around the world who have overcome significant challenges to do the world’s most important job. …
Christopher Raj Victor didn’t realize he had won a prize at first.
The 12-year-old living in Selangor, Malaysia participated in an informal math competition organized by a friend’s mother at a local playground, and tied for second place. He was asked to come collect his winnings, and rode his bike uphill to retrieve his award. His prize for solving 20/25 math problems correctly was 10 Malaysian ringgits, or roughly $2.50 U.S. dollars.
His first thought was to donate his newly-earned winnings, but to where? As a Formula 1 racing fan, Christopher admired a fundraiser organized by a French driver named…
In late February, we announced that Code.org is developing a first-of-its-kind curriculum for the AP Computer Science A (CSA) Java programming course with an intentional focus on increasing student access, participation, and diversity.
Today, we are thrilled to announce incredible momentum behind this effort, with support from 7 state governments, 17 corporations, and 14 higher education institutions supporting us in creating the new curriculum. …
Last month the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) gave the Turing Award, the most prestigious award in computer science, to professors Jeffrey Ullman and Alfred Vaino Aho. Code.org promoted this award on social media to our followers.
We have since learned that professor Ullman has a long history of discriminatory comments against Iranians.
Ullman very recently deleted his “Answers to All Questions Iranian” in which he refers to Iranians as “Islamic terrorists.” He also dismisses the historic plight of Native Americans as “the way things happen.” Despite complaints, he kept these statements public for 15 years.
Ullman also wrote, “I…
“I’ve always appreciated the beauty of the place where I live,” says Rosalba Ciaffone, a science teacher in Istituto Comprensivo Joseph Stella, an elementary school of Muro Lucano, a town with breathtaking views in the less prosperous southern part of Italy. “But it’s a little far from everything and everybody.”
Perched atop a ravine, with picturesque houses built on terraces, Muro Lucano has seen its share of history in its eventful existence, including earthquakes and wars. Yet under Ms. …
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