Otter joins students in an "Hour of Code"

Posted at 4:09 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 19:32:31-05

Students around the world and all across Idaho are participating this week in “The Hour of Code” learning event -– introducing them to writing computer programming codes.

On Wednesday, elementary school students sat in front of computers at the Barbara Morgan STEM Academy in Meridian and did just that.

In fact, Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter even joined in, sitting and learning right alongside the students.

Otter is a strong supporter of the program “I don't care whether it's science or technology, engineering or math, you've got to have these skills,” he pointed out. "They're solving problems."

“It's kind of challenging and it's fun to solve the problems that you deal with when coding," 9-year-old fourth grader Curtis Felix said.

“The Hour of Code” reaches tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. The one-hour tutorials are available in over 45 different languages.

Organizers say 152,349 “Hour of Code” events are held around the world.