US President Barack Obama became the first president of a country that has ever written a computer code, at the Hour of Code, one of the biggest events in the world of IT education. It’s just a simple code that draws a square on the screen, but even so is the idea. “ All programming starts simple, ” said Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org. Obama said in an intervention on YouTube last year that will support and promote the event Computer Science Education Week (Week in Science Education Information – trans.).
“Learning these skills isn’t just important for your future. It’s important for our country’s future,” the president said in the video. “If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything.”
US President present the feeling of a global trends supporting the activity of “coding”, which becomes more intense activity in schools and education worldwide. There are companies which use games that teach kids first steps in programming and secrets to intensive courses, so-called “bootcamps”. Code.org introduced last year “Hour of Code” campaign which aimed to encourage students to try for more than an hour to create and write code. As part of the campaign, the organization has created a web portal that proposes several hours of tutorials created especially for this campaign.
Obama wrote his code as part of an event organized by Code.org, which brought together 20 students from schools in New Jersey and to the White House in Washington, the place where students had the opportunity to meet President US and work for Hour of Code project.