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North Dakota first in nation to host statewide 'Hour of Code'

InForum News Brief FSA

BISMARCK — A simultaneous, statewide "Hour of Code" involving nearly 100 schools will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, in North Dakota in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week.

Chief Information Officer Shawn Riley, along with Gov. Doug Burgum, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and more than 30 Microsoft volunteers are supporting the event – the first known effort happening at the same time statewide in the nation.

Initiated and coordinated by Microsoft, the Hour of Code is part of a broader statewide effort to teach students computer science and provide valuable resources to educators, including training and professional development.

Nearly 100 schools , with an estimated 5,000 students from across the state will be participating in Hour of Code. Schools are encouraged to share their involvement on social media and use “#HourofCodeND.”

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code” to show that anybody can learn the basics and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide movement.

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