Niles schools take part in national "Hour of Code" campaign

This week is the first time students across the nation are encouraged to learn more about computer science through a national campaign.

"Computer Science Education Week" aims to spark an interest in students, and the goal is to get 10 million kids to take at least one hour this week to learn how to code.

Computing in the Core, an advocacy group, and, a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science, have teamed up with other associations and corporations across the country to put together the annual event.

Through a viral video, celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Shakira, Chris Bosh, even the president are encouraging students to get involved.

Niles Community Schools are participating district-wide. Every grade, K-12, will take one hour in the classroom this week to watch the inspirational video and practice coding for an entire class period.

"Our biggest goal, is we want kids to have options," said Ron Hein, the technology director at Niles Community Schools. "We'll give them the opportunity to see a little bit more about technology."

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