So many times when we’ve seen Mark Zuckerberg through the lens of a camera, he’s been sweaty and nervous. In this little spot Zuck recorded for Code.org, we get to see a different side of Mark. He’s charming, excited, passionate. That tends to happen when people talk about what they love, and Mark Zuckerberg clearly loves coding.
Code.org is a non-profit working to give every kid in every school the opportunity to learn learn to code. This clip of Zuckerberg is an outtake from a film the organization produced to spread the word about the shortage of computer programmers in the world.
The long version of the film features participants in and creators of some of the most successful companies in America talking about how they learned to code including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi.
All the coders involved in the project talk about how easy it is to start. They want to erase the intimidation factor that keeps people from trying. They explain that it’s no different than learning anything else, from learning a new instrument to learning to read. Bit by bit, a little at a time, anyone can learn to code.
Rather than describe it, why not just share. Here’s the long version (it’s about 10-minutes and is really worth a watch):
Unless more kids learn to code the shortage of programers will only get worse. By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer jobs with only 400,000 computer science students qualified to fulfill those jobs. Programing jobs are growing at two times the national average.
Nine out of 10 schools don’t offer computer programming classes, even when they do, in 41 states coding classes don’t count toward High School graduation math or science requirements.
Help spread the word. Share this post on Twitter and Facebook. Share it with teachers and parents so everyone can connect with resources offered by Code.org and more kids see how easy it is to learn to code.