Code.org is marking the beginning of Computer Science Education Week with a development of its own: $12 million in new funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Infosys and PwC.
Founded in 2013 by twin brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi, Code.org has found many backers in Silicon Valley. Code.org, which has raised more than $60 million from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Salesforce, was one of the first companies to tap into the demand for preteen programming literacy.
The announcement came as part of a Computer Science Education Week kickoff event in San Mateo. Meanwhile, eight states, 76 school districts and 102 organizations nationwide made pledges to expand access to computer science education to millions of students.
The new funding will enable the nonprofit to train more teachers and update its curricula, said CEO and co-founder Hadi Partovi.
When Code.org started four years ago, it couldn’t get a single school district to commit to teaching computer science in every high school. Now, the organization has so many pledging to do so it’s hard to keep track, Partovi said.
More than 70 school districts agreed to expand computer-science education in some way, Code.org said. Several cities — including Austin, Boston, Houston and Los Angeles — said they would offer classes in every high school.
Code.org is backed by a large number of big tech companies, an industry that has been heavily encouraging more computer science education in schools.