Code.org is getting $12 million in philanthropic funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors like auditor PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), as first reported by the Seattle Times. Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative put on by code.org to encourage elementary school kids to learn how to code for one hour during "Computer Science Week".
Founded in 2012, Code.org is perhaps best known for its Hour of Code campaign, events held around the world that give students a one hour introduction to computer science and coding. This week, Microsoft is using its retail stores to host Hour of Code workshops, deploying its government affairs team to work with legislators to promote coding, and hosting educational events at its sales offices.
According to Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org, 10 million girls now have accounts on the site.
There she found about 50 girls inside learning more about computer science coding as part of Computer Science Education Week. In 2015, Arkansas became the first state to pass a law requiring that all charter and public high schools offer computer science classes, and the state was cited by Hadi Partovi as one of the most progressive in terms of computer science education.
In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs available in the U.S.by 2020 and only 400,000 graduates with computer science skills.
Code.org also celebrated new pledges from states, school districts and organizations to expand access to computer science education.
Code.org is backed by a large number of big tech companies, an industry that has been heavily encouraging more computer science education in schools.
The announcement came as part of a Computer Science Education Week kickoff event in San Mateo.
Celebrities have joined the movement this year to boost computer science education.