Apple offers kids free ‘Hour of Code’ programming classes


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Apple is doing its bit to encourage the coders of tomorrow.
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Apple is once again supporting’s “Hour of Code” initiative by offering a range of workshops and other special events for kids aged 6 and above at Apple Stores around the world.

Other participating tech companies include Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. Apple is presenting a range of interesting sessions, including a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming taking place on December 10 at local Apple Stores.

The company is also bringing in special speakers for select sessions running throughout the week.

At the SoHo Apple Store in New York, CEO Hadi Partook will discuss the need for computer science education across the world. At the Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo, LoiLo CEO Koji Sugiyama will present a talk on creating intuitive educational apps for kids.

In San Francisco, codeSpark’s co-founder and CEO Grant Gosford will share the story of how his young daughters inspired the award-winning game, The Foos.

At the Brussels Store in Belgium, teenage entrepreneur Jacqueline Rossi will speak about the creation of J’s Flashcards to help her fellow students build and master their vocabulary. And at the Lincoln Street Apple Store in Chicago, Danny Yaroslavski, founder and CEO of Lightbot will talk about how kids of all ages can learn the fundamentals of coding.

Select sessions will later be distributed as podcasts by Apple. Registration for the events can be found on Apple’s website.


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