In an effort to encourage more American schools to offer computer science classes, the new nonprofit Code.org has launched a promotional video featuring some of the world's biggest technology leaders, musicians and sports players talking about their own experiences in learning how to code, and how important it was do it.
The message in the video is pretty clear: there's no better time than now to pursue a STEM education. That awesome website or fancy app you're obsessed with sure didn't code itself, and the point of the video is to help kids realize that they don't need to be rocket scientist to get started.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg explains in the video that his first experience with code was in the sixth grade, and Microsoft's Bill Gates was 13 when he wrote a program to play tic-tac-toe. Even NBA player Chris Bosh had something to say about how cool it was to be part of an after-school program called the "Whiz Kids" where he learned all about computer programming.
"Here we are, 2013, we all depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code," Will.i.am says in the video. "It's important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code."
And there you have it. Coding is actually cool.
Every nation in the world is working toward getting young people more interested in STEM careers. Like him or not, Will.i.am is right -- and sooner or later, we can probably expect that almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives will be somehow interlaced with technology.
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