More than 1000 HP employees volunteer for Hour of Code

Around the world more than 1,000 HP employees volunteered in 500 classrooms to introduce almost 15,000 students to the basics of coding.

As an official sponsor of Hour of Code, HP printed completion certificates and "I Did an Hour of Code" stickers for all the students. While computer science is one of the defining fields of the 21st century, fewer schools teach computer science today than 10 years ago. HP is helping to change this by partnering with Code.org to sponsor Hour of Code, which aims to deliver computer science education to students worldwide, with a focus on girls and underrepresented groups.

“Reversing the under-representation of women and minorities in technology is a priority for HP,” said Lesley Slaton Brown, HP Chief Diversity Officer. “Giving students access to computer science education and getting them excited about potential careers in STEM fields is critical to fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.”

Through HP’s Hour of Code participation, the company introduced K-12 students and teachers to computer science through one-hour introductory sessions designed to demystify coding and show how easy it is to learn the basics of computer science.

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See how Hour of Code worked in Mrs. Hicks' 2nd grade class in Oregon, USA:

And what happens after the Hour of Code? How can teachers sustain the excitement, enthusiasm, and learning generated by Hour of Code?