Since it was launched in 2014, Programma il Futuro has helped turn Italy into a powerhouse of computer science teaching.

“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.”

As Italy reopened schools after being hard-hit by COVID19, the pandemic didn’t stop Ms. Ciaffone’s students from participating in the Hour of Code in 2020 (Photo courtesy of Rosalba Ciaffone)

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. …


Julio Reyes Copello, Producer and Founder of Miami Art House, and top Latin artists like singer-songwriter Joy, will join for a 4-episode series of ‘Hora del Código En Vivo’, or Hour of Code Live.

What does recording music and coding an app have in common? Both processes rely on creativity and technology, and the end result can appeal to millions and connect all types of people from around the world.

That is why Miami Art House is the latest partner to join Code.org’s global Hour of Code campaign to inspire students around the world to learn computer science. The music label has welcomed many of the most important names in the industry, including Jennifer Lopez, Miguel, Will Smith, Nicky Jam, Pablo Alborán, amongst others.

Founded by Julio Reyes Copello, Miami Art House has become…


In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling women in technology throughout the month of March. We hope sharing these stories will encourage girls and young women to start or continue studying computer science!

Our Women’s History Month series is coming to a close today with a final interview with Anne Dinning. Anne received her PhD in computer science from New York University, and then started working at D. E. Shaw group, an investment firm based in New York City, in 1990. Now, she’s part of the firm’s executive team. From finance to farming, computer science can be applied to any field!

Let’s hear from Anne.

Photo courtesy of Anne Dinning.

Can you tell us where you work and what you do in your current role?

I currently work at the D. E. Shaw group, an investment firm based in New York City. Back when the firm started in 1988, we were one of…


In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling women in technology throughout the month of March. We hope sharing these stories will encourage girls and young women to start or continue studying computer science!

Today we’re hearing from Jaleesa Trapp, a second-year PhD student in MIT’s Media Lab from Tacoma, Wash. who is also a STEM/computer science teacher. Jaleesa works with the Lifelong Kindergarten research group—the same group that created Scratch—and her research focuses on designing equitable and playful technology experiences with and for youth. Take it away, Jaleesa!

Photo courtesy of Jaleesa Trapp.

Can you tell us where you work and what you do in your current role?

I’m a second-year PhD student at the MIT Media Lab with the Lifelong Kindergarten research group (the group that created Scratch). My current focus is designing equitable and playful technology experiences with and for youth. I’m also a STEM Technologies teacher in Tacoma, Wash. In…


In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling women in technology throughout the month of March. We hope sharing these stories will encourage girls and young women to start or continue studying computer science!

You might recognize Sasha’s name from her groundbreaking STEM-focused children’s book, “Sasha Savvy Loves to Code.” Published in 2017, the book tells the story of a 10-year-old African-American girl who decides to take a chance on a computer science summer camp, and the rest is history! Her second book in the series, “Sasha Savvy Starts it Up,” focuses on entrepreneurship.

Sasha is also a keynote speaker who encourages youth to explore educational and career opportunities in STEM. She graduated in 2020 with a degree in Information Systems from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. Let’s hear from Sasha!

Can you tell us where you work and what you do in your current role?

Currently, I…


In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling women in technology throughout the month of March. We hope sharing these stories will encourage girls and young women to start or continue studying computer science!

Sanaz Ahari Lemelson works as a Senior Director of Product at Google. In this role she gets to work on products more than 2 billion people use everyday, from Gmail to Google Calendar and more. She studied computer science in high school and later received a computer science degree from the University of Victoria. Prior to working at Google, she spent 7 years at Microsoft managing programs at MSN, Live.com and Bing.

Let’s hear from Sanaz!

Photo courtesy of Sanaz Ahari Lemelson.

Can you tell us where you work and what you do in your current role?

I work at Google as a Senior Director of Product. I am responsible for communication products across Google Workspace and Android. …


In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling women in technology throughout the month of March. We hope sharing these stories will encourage girls and young women to start or continue studying computer science!

First up is Limor Fried, an electrical engineer who started Adafruit Industries in her dorm room at MIT. Adafruit makes open-source hardware devices and a number of electronics products, electronics components, tools and accessories for students and hobbyists alike. Circuit Playground Express, an Adafruit product, is also a core tool used in Code.org’s CS Discoveries curriculum.

Take it away, Limor!

Adafruit Industries founder and CEO Limor Fried. (Photo courtesy of Adafruit Industries).

Can you tell us where you work and what you do in your current role?

Hi there! My name is Limor Fried, I work as the founder and lead engineer over at Adafruit Industries — my company where I make and sell creative and useful electronic components. My role covers a lot of stuff: primarily…


José María Álvarez-Pallete will help raise awareness about CS education in Europe

Today we welcomed the CEO of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, as a Code.org ambassador. He will help promote computer science as a foundational subject for every student in Europe and around the globe.

José María Álvarez-Pallete (left), CEO of Telefónica, discussed digital skills and computer science education with Hadi Partovi (right), founder and CEO of Code.org, in a transcontinental videoconference.

Telefónica is among the largest telecommunications companies in the world. Under José María’s leadership, its corporate foundation has helped foster opportunities for young people in Spain to learn digital skills and computer science concepts to help them find fulfilling, high-paying jobs. Fundación Telefónica supports programs such as 42 Madrid, Conecta Empleo, and Profuturo. It also mobilizes employees to volunteer as facilitators for Hour of Code activities.

Since…


State leaders support equity-focused curriculum and commit to expanding computer science

Learning computer science is crucial in our increasingly digitized, technological world. Computer code, algorithms, and artificial intelligence help us in just about everything we do, from shopping and communicating to finding novel cures for deadly diseases. Studying the subject sets up students for academic, professional, and personal success, regardless of which path or career they pursue.

Code.org and Amazon are excited to announce the development of a first-of-its-kind Computer Science A (CSA) Java programming curriculum designed with equity at its core. (Photo by Code.org)

Among these students, there will be those who see themselves as software engineers who write the next piece of code that fundamentally transforms the world. …


In June of 2020, when police brutality in the United States sparked global protests against racism, Code.org published a blog post outlining our commitment to supporting our Black employees, partners, teachers, and students.

In that post, we wrote that “our first action will be to engage all our employees in a company-wide brainstorm and reflection, because the work we do won’t be limited to one day or one week, and we want all our employees to contribute to it.” After multiple brainstorming sessions for our entire staff, we came up with a long list of ideas. …

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