A culture of computer science and robotics in a Houston-area school district consistently produces students who win local, state and national competitions.

In the heat of the moment, the phone seemed to have gotten lost in the shuffle.

The rookie robotics team of five students from Carver High School had just minutes until the start of the final competition of the day at the University Interscholastic League Robotics First Division State Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Now they had a problem: the smartphone they used to control their robot had somehow gone missing.

No remote meant no way to control their bot.

From L to R: Teacher and coach Timothy Lewis; LaShawn Bolton, 11th Grade Scouter and Human Player; Diego Davial, 10th Grade Driver; Keith Tey, 11th Grade Mechanic and Driver; Quincy Kemany, 11th Grade Programmer; Pedro Maya, 11th Grade Programmer (Photo courtesy of Timothy Lewis)

“It was kind of a scurry to get everything together and talk with the referee before the start of the…


How do two entrepreneurs sell their first startup at ages 17 and 18? All it takes is a vision… and a bit of an early start.

Seattle-based tech news outlet Geekwire first reported the story in May that Seattle teens Sage Khanuja, 17, and Nikolas Ioannou, 18, sold their telemedicine startup, Spira, to a New York-based healthcare company.

Best of all, both say they got their start learning computer science on Code.org and other online resources.

Sage Khanuja, left, and Nikolas Ioannou founded the telemedicine startup Spira

Spira was initially developed to track respiratory health using a phone’s microphone to conduct a cough and auscultation test, and soon became a multi-faceted…


Our brand new AI and Machine Learning Unit is rolling out for the ‘21-’22 school year. It’s suitable for students in grades 6–12.

In December of last year, we shared our plans to offer a comprehensive and age-appropriate K-12 approach to teaching artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

An example of a model card in the new AI/ML lesson. A model is a computer program designed to make a decision. You may recognize A.I. Bot from our AI for Oceans tutorial.

Now, we’re excited to announce the integration of AI and ML lessons into our computer science curricula, which touches millions of students and teachers around the globe.

Just in time for the ‘21-’22 school year, our CS Discoveries curriculum will include the brand new AI and Machine Learning Unit. …


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:

1) Launched a video featuring Black role models to inspire CS students, in partnership with over a dozen nonprofits led by people of color

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The video received over 1 million views and 3,000 shares…


Thanks to Fundación Kodea’s work, Chile has impressed the global community when it comes to teaching computer science in the region. Kodea’s campaign has resulted in students developing an oceanic probe to help fishermen and a Braille printer for the visually impaired, among other projects.

*You can read a Spanish version of this story here.

“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.

Constanza Mazzey (right) with Javiera Aguilar, who won a 2019 digital talent contest for their oceanic probe.
(Photo courtesy of Constanza Mazzey)

“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. …


After schools shutdown last March, this Nebraska 4th grader discovered a love for programming.

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.

Gracie works on a game at home on her laptop. (Photo courtesy of Gracie’s family)

“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…


Facing increased demand for computer science jobs, the country is preparing students with help from Minna no Code.

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.

Students take part in a programming class at The Kaga Clubhouse, established by Minna no Code and the municipality of Kaga, Ishikawa (Photo courtesy of Minna no Code)


We really couldn’t do this without you

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. …


How Code.org helped one Malaysian student discover his passion for computer science—and giving.

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.

Christopher poses with Code.org swag. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Raj Victor)

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…

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