Executive Programming

On Monday, Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to write computer code. The president has made it a mission to foster tech skills in students, saying: "We're starting too late with regards to making sure that our young people know not only how to play video games, but also create a video game." As part of Computer Science Education Week, Obama visited a Newark, New Jersey, middle school where one student walked him through writing a few lines of Javascript. The event—called Hour of Code—encourages young people to try out coding for one hour and see whether they like it. The president specified that it's vital for more girls to venture into technology—a field in which women are a minority. Last year, NPR reported that only 20 percent of computer programmers are women. —Michael Dukas

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