OMNIPRESENT TECHNOLOGY COMPANY Apple is letting education run riot in its stores, and will move aside genius sessions to indulge the Hour of Code.
The Hour of Code runs from 7 to 13 December, and has widespread industry support. Apple will welcome children from the age of six and over into stores for an hour of solid coding on Thursday 10 December and a smattering of coding talk throughout the week.
Of course children are always allowed in Apple stores, but for the duration of the hour it will all be about them. The events take a range of forms across the Apple stores, and include the chance to challenge Crossy Road creator Andrew Sum at his own game.
If you want to go along you are going to have to register, and you probably ought to. This is a world where people start queues just in case a new phone goes on sale. Also there do seem to be some decent events going on. The New York Apple store, for example, will host Hadi Partovi, co-founder and CEO of Code.org. Also kids go for Apple gadgets like candy, and let's face it - at least it is better than Vtech right now.
"We're supporting Code.org by hosting workshops and other special events for kids aged six and up at your local Apple Store. Join us on 10 December for the Hour of Code, a free one-hour introduction to the basics of computer programming," says Apple.
"We'll be hosting developers and organisations that support computer science education in cities around the world. Check your local Apple Store for more details. Selected events will also be available as podcasts on iTunes."
Apple will turn 465 Apple shops over to this. To date the Hour of Code reckons to have trained over one million kids. µ
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