Students around the world learn an Hour of Code this week

Anyone can learn to code—even world leaders like the President of the United States or the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

To demonstrate that anyone can code, President Obama sat down to write a few lines of javascript with students at the kickoff of the Hour of Code campaign at the White House on Monday. After writing a line of javascript—and getting some help from some middle school students—the President was able to help Elsa from the movie “Frozen” draw a square on his computer screen.

The Hour of Code campaign, spearheaded by nonprofit Code.org, seeks to get kids—especially girls—interested in computer science. This is the second year of the Hour of Code week. Last year, the program reached 15 million students around the world, including over 10 million girls who tried coding for the first time.

More than 77,000 Hour of Code events are scheduled in more than 150 countries this week—dubbed Computer Science Education Week—at schools, public libraries and coding clubs, among others.

The local edition of Hour of Code is scheduled for Thursday, December 8 at the Lane Community College Downtown Campus. Organized by the new Eugene Regional Coder Dojo, organizers are providing laptops and coaching to any students who want to give the program a try.

Founded by tech employees in Eugene with support from Lane Community College, the City of Eugene, the Eugene School District 4J, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, the Eugene Coder Dojo hopes to get students interested in careers in technology and computer industries by building fluency in technology and creative problem solving skills.

Thursday’s event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 104 of the Lane Community College (LCC) downtown campus. For more information and to RSVP for the event, visit the Eugene Coder Dojo hub on Meetups.com.