Apple stores to teach coding this week

This week, Apple is using its stores around the UK as temporary classrooms to teach people of all ages how to code. 468 of its stores will host several one-hour tutorials all week as part of the 'Hour of Code' project.

Each lesson gets students going with the basics of programming and is available to anyone.

Hour of Code offers coding tutorials in over 180 countries worldwide - including 2,354 venues in the UK alone. There are even special Disney's Frozen-themed tutorials, as well as a special one created by popular sandbox game Minecraft, and the scheme is backed by Barack Obama, David Cameron, and tech giants like Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson.

One of Apple's aims with hosting the scheme is to expel misconceptions that people may have about coding, and to show that it's a fun, fascinating, and important skill worth learning - especially given how connected and digital are lives are today.

Craig Federighi, vice president of software engineering at Apple, said: "People sometimes have a view of programming that is something solitary and very technical. But programming is among the most creative, expressive and social careers. It's an incredibly creative medium, not unlike music, and there's a tremendous cross-over between people who programme and musicians.

"There's no question in my mind of the value in technology in fuelling young minds… The potential of the technology when well applied is phenomenal."

Visit the Hour of Code website to find out more.

Source: BBC | Hour of Code

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