Apple and Microsoft announced on Monday that they will offer hour-long workshops this week to help spur interest in coding and computer science among students. Today’s announcement comes at the start of Computer Science Education Week 2013, and it’s being advertised on Google, Apple, Yahoo, MSN, YouTube, Bing, Disney and other sites. Mark Zuckerberg, Ashton Kutcher and President Obama are also offering support.
The workshops are being hosted by Code.org, and will take place in Apple Store retail locations at 5:00 p.m. local time on Dec. 11, and in Microsoft retail stores throughout the week. Apple says it hopes the class helps “demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming.” According to Code.org, the classes have worked really well in the past. 1,908,780 people have learned an hour of code to date.
It doesn’t appear there’s an age requirement for the classes; Code.org says anyone can start learning by signing up for one of the workshops this week.