To celebrate Computer Science Week (7-13 December) as well as its recent $500,000 funding round, Bitsbox is training 1,000 teachers worldwide to give an ‘hour of code’ event for 30,000 students.
Bitsbox works by providing a subscription of monthly projects for kids to work through, with founders Scott Lininger and Aidan Chopra’s aim to keep kids interested. If kids are interested, the duo claim, kids will keep at it.
They currently ship their products to 56 countries, with these donated kits heading to the likes of the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and more.
“Our mission at Bitsbox is to teach every kid to code, and the Hour of Code is a critical introduction for so many children,” says Lininger. “By offering free classroom kits to teachers, we’ll be able to reach tens of thousands of kids.”
The kits will basically be materials for up to 30 kids each, with teachers able to sign up here.
Hour of code projects are hugely successful. Last winter, for example, 10-year-old European Digital Girl of the Year Lauren Boyle gave Taoiseach Enda Kenny his first lesson in coding in Ireland.
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