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Two things we love here at HighGround? Technology, of course, and giving back. Our newest initiative combines both. We’re so excited to participate in our first Hour of Code event later this week, with a special school that is close to my heart.

What is the Hour of Code?

The program’s purpose is to expose students of all ages and backgrounds to computer science in an approachable way. As the name suggests, the tutorials are one hour long, and can be taught virtually or in person. They range in complexity and are available in a variety of themes, such as StarWars, Minecraft and even Frozen. The goal is not to make any one person an expert in coding, but rather to show that it is fun and accessible for everyone. The Hour of Code has over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide – and growing.

Why it matters

According to U.S. News & World Report, the software developer is the best job of 2018 – and likely beyond. The article predicts that available jobs in the field will increase 30% by 2016. Yet, there’s question over who will fill those roles, based on this shocking number – 60% of schools in the U.S. don’t teach computer science. Initiatives like the Hour of Code that raise awareness for STEM careers help ensure that anyone with an interest can enter the field one day.

About the school

hour of codeWhat we’re most excited about is our partner school in South Africa for this initiative – Molo Mhlaba. I have personally been inspired by the mission and vision behind Molo Mhlaba, which translates to “Hello World” in Xhosa, from my time volunteering in Cape Town. This community is relentlessly focused on providing quality STEAM-focused education in a safe development environment for girls in Khayelitsha.

The HighGround team will be conducting the virtual JavaScript tutorial with the students via Skype, and will also be sharing a bit about what it’s like to work in technology. As part of the initiative, we’ve also created a GoFundMe page for the school, and you can donate here.

 

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