Yesterday, SwitchBack founder Debbie Fawcett and board member Ryan Hasvold led over 40 students in a guided Hour of Code program, sponsored by Code.Org.

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The purpose of the Hour of Code is to provide a one-hour introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming for anyone, across all ages and over 180 countries. Because this ties in directly with SwitchBack’s mission of empowering underprivileged youth, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to partner with Code.Org and bring an official Hour of Code event to the Santiam area.

The day turned out to be a huge success, with over 40 eager students participating! Debbie led the students in person, answering questions and helping everyone access the program. Ryan joined virtually via Google Hangouts, helping introduce the Hour of Code and walking students through a demo of the program. Check him out on the big screen!

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Overall, the students had a great learning experience, eagerly calling out the number of lines of code they had written–real, actual JavaScript code! One student was so enthralled that he was nearly late to practice, not wanting to interrupt the game he had just coded!

SwitchBack is proud to have been part of the worldwide Hour of Code movement, which has reached nearly 200 million students this week. Thank you to Code.Org and to all the students who participated! Check out all the pictures from the event below.

From the Code.Org website: Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.