Code.org, a non-profit organization that works towards fostering computer science education, has raised $12 million in funding from Infosys Foundation USA.
Code.org, a non-profit that works towards fostering computer science education, has raised $12 million in funding from Infosys Foundation USA, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and PricewaterhouseCoopers, among other investors.
The announcement was made at the Computer Science Education Week kickoff event in San Mateo. In the meantime, 76 school districts and 102 organizations from eight different states in the USA made pledges to expand access to computer science (CS) education.
For example, Florida Governor Rick Scott made a $15 million investment to provide better opportunities for middle and high school students, according to Tech Crunch. Also, the California Lt. Governor Gavin Newson launched a campaign called a Computer Science for California in an effort to bring CS education to more students in the state by 2025.
“California is the tech capital of the country and home to Silicon Valley, but we don’t teach our students the foundational skills to access the jobs of the future.“, as Newsom said in a press release.
Newsom added that most schools in California don`t offer any computer science classes. Therefore, projects like this are needed to ensure that California students have access to high-quality computer science education.
The Code.org organization claims that 25% of US students have accounts on their website. The organization is also supported by other famous investors like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Amazon.
However, they are not the only company working to ensure better computer science education. Black Girls Code, for instance, aims to teach black girls how to code. In September the organization received a $255,000 donation to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in Detroit. Also, another start-up focused on providing CS education is Vidcode that raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its curriculum, as Tech Crunch reported.