“Apple is using all of its worldwide network of stores as temporary classrooms this week to teach coding,” Sean Coughlan reports for BBC News. “The technology firm is using its 468 stores as bases for tutorials in the annual ‘Hour of Code’ project.”
“Craig Federighi, one of Apple’s top executives, says he wants to ‘set off a spark’ in young learners. He also wants to dispel the geeky image of ‘solitar’ computer programmers, saying ‘it’s an incredibly creative medium, not unlike music,'” Coughlan reports. “The Hour of Code is an international project giving people an introductory lesson in computer coding. It runs in about 180 countries, backed by technology firms and national governments, and last year claimed to have reached more than 100 million people.”
“This year Apple is supporting the outreach project with coding workshops, talks from developers and tutorials from software engineers,” Coughlan reports. “Mr Federighi says he wants Apple’s global chain of showrooms to be used more often as bases for training and education.”
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MacDailyNews Note: Apple Retail Stores offer free workshops for people of all experience levels, along with youth programs like Apple Camp and Field Trip. Find out more here: http://www.apple.com/retail/learn/