Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 15:32

STEM Fuse Develops Free “Hour of Code” Game Project

Sioux Falls, SD – According to the U.S. Department of Labor there will be more than 1 million open computer programming jobs in the U.S. by 2020. Meanwhile, less than 2.4% of college students  graduate with a degree in computer science and that percentage has fallen steadily over the past decade.

To reverse this trend, and significantly grow the number of computer science students within the U.S. the Hour of Code initiative was created. The Hour of Code is supported by companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook along with tech-minded celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Shakira and NBA player; Chris Bosh. This initiative seeks to engage students with the power of writing computer code. Today’s; student friendly technology like games, apps and popular web sites like Facebook and Twitter are; developed and powered by code (written program language)

STEM Fuse, the nation’s fastest growing developer of K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum is also a strong supporter of the Hour of Code and has developed a free coding tool for students to use during their hour. Using the programming language, Javascript, students can build and modify a real working game within an hour. STEM Fuse offers this tool free to everyone and hopes that it will act as a teaching resource for schools to offer their students as they look for Hour of Code programming projects.

To learn more about the Hour of Code visit the Computer Science Education website at http://csedweek.org/ promote. To learn more about STEM Fuse’s free Hour of Code programming teaching tool called Flip The Robot Monkey visit the STEM Fuse Arcade website at http://arcade.stemfuse.com/challenge/flip-robot-monkey/lesson/1.

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Adam