In their latest video, Code.org has compiled a murderer’s row of tech celebrities and founders to tell inspiring stories about the power of coding. The cause? Increasing computer science’s status in public education, where currently only 1 in 10 high schools teach coding, according to Pando Daily.
Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Bill Gates, Drew Huston and Ruchi Sanghvi all reminisce on their first coding experiences, and emphasize that “you don’t have to be a genius” to learn — just persistent. Miami Heat star Chris Bosh — the only professional athlete in the video — says that he used to get teased for being apart of his school’s after-school coding program, the ‘Wiz Kids.’ As he mentions in the video, he told his meathead friends, “Man, I don’t care. I think it’s cool, and I’m learning a lot.”
You can bet the bullies backed off after that. It probably helped that he’s 6’11”, too.
Code.org is the effort of Hadi and Ali Partovi, Harvard-educated twins who are successful Valley veterans in their own right, having worked with Facebook, Airbnb and Dropbox, among other companies. The video is the creation of Leslie Chilcott, an independent producer whose past work includes ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘Waiting for Superman.’
Coding education has become a hot startup topic as of late, with Codecademy recently partnering with Box and Twitter to offer free API lesson plans.
Watch the video below, and let us know your thoughts.