Microsoft event held in Kindred hoping to spark interest in STEM careers
KINDRED N.D.—To most of us "coding" sounds confusing and complicated.
Thanks to an initiative from Microsoft it's actually encouraging students to think about STEM careers.
Imagine 450 kids in one gym for an hour; sounds like it could be total chaos, but, that wasn't the case Friday afternoon in Kindred.
It was all about interactive learning for these elementary students.
What looks like a fun game is a part of Microsoft's Hour of Code Event.
"The way our world is changing, technology is so important. To be able to get kids up and to utilize this technology is definitely key," said Taya Spelhaug, Microsoft.
The event is trying to get more kids engaged in computer science and STEM program and bring computer science to rural areas.
"By 2020, we're going to have 1.4 million jobs that are computer based, and we're only going to have about 400,000 kids actually graduating with that. We have a big deficit," said Spelhaug.
All this may have you asking yourself, what exactly is coding?
"Coding is the language that computers use to make apps and websites and all those things," said Spelhaug.
With Governor Burgum, a tech expert himself being the guest of honor, he says programs like this are exactly what he's trying to see across the state, inspiring a new age of North Dakotans.
"Magic of software is changing the world, and we need to have the next generation of students that understand how it
works and understand that they can be a part of it," said Gov. Burgum.
So for all we know, we could be looking at the next tech genius right here in this gym.
Kindred's event was the largest 'Hour of Code' across the country.