The city of Phoenix has partnered with a local nonprofit to offer free computer programming classes to kids as young as four years old in an effort to prepare the city’s youth for the technology-based world they live in.
“Every job in America is a tech job in some way, shape or form,” said Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, “but only 25 percent of schools in Arizona – and in the country, for that matter – offer computer science.”
Workshops use programming courses from Code.org, a nonprofit that offers free online resources designed to inspire interest in computer science. In addition to coding, the clasess teach robotics, 3D modeling and app development.
Parents interested in signing their children up for Code PHX can find nearby workshops on the the city’s website.