Members of the tech community banded together in conjunction with the After-School All-Stars program to bring Hour of Code to four Orlando middle schools yesterday afternoon. Mayor Buddy Dyer attended Hour of Code, and spoke to the children about the importance of a computer science education, and the talent here in Orlando. “Does anyone here like video games?,” the Mayor asked to an onslaught of raised hands. “Did you know that some of the most popular video games in the entire world are made right here in Orlando?”
The After-School All-Stars Hour of Code program took place at Lee, Howard, Memorial, and Jackson middle schools. 40+ volunteers donated their time to the After-School All-Star Hour of Code program that reached over 200 students. Hour of Code has reached tens of millions of kids in 108 countries.
Hour of Code programs will continue throughout the week here in Orlando. Orlando-based Code School, in partnership with the Melrose Center, will host an Hour of Code event this afternoon at the Melrose Center featuring guest talks from tech leaders such as Susanna Miller and Ben Badio. Later this week the Iron Yard will also host a similar event.