Code.org raises $12 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others

Metro School is Taking Advantage of 'Computer Science Education Week'

Code.org raises $12 million from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others

The money comes from previous donors The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Infosys Foundation USA, as well as from new donor PricewaterhouseCoopers. Code.org, which has raised more than $60 million from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Salesforce, was one of the first companies to tap into the demand for preteen programming literacy.

Hadi Partovi told VentureBeat in a phone interview that the nonprofit suggests states take three steps to increase students' access to computer science classes. This year's Computer Science Education Week started today and runs through December 10.

This year Accenture is leading with the talent and energy of our people, pledging more than 2,000 hours to lead or volunteer at local events in their communities, joining forces with teachers and Code.org to help students learn coding and computer science skills. "This year, we are asking for people to not only do an hour of code, but go beyond one hour and think about what they can do to ensure that computer science education continues for years to come". Florida Governor Rick Scott's (R) proposed 2018 state budget calls for a one-time $15 million investment to increase the opportunities for middle and high school students to learn computer science. The organization also announced in a Medium post that it has reached ten million girls with student accounts on its platform.

More than 70 school districts agreed to expand computer-science education in some way, Code.org said. Some of these pledges include a onetime $15 million investment from Florida Governor Rick Scott, a $500,000 fund in Arkansas for computer science teachers, and a £100 million budget in the United Kingdom for training computer science teachers in 2018.

Founded in 2013 by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi, Code.org has found many backers in Silicon Valley.

Code.org plans to put its new funding toward curriculum development and educator training.

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