codeNo, it’s not a competition, but Seattle is totally crushing the Hour of Code. And so are the nation’s girls.

As a part of Computer Science Education Week this year, Code.org has teamed up with a number of tech luminaries, and even President Barack Obama, to promote the Hour of Code: a way for students to get a taste of programming in just an hour-long lesson.

In typical tech industry fashion, they’ve also collected some key metrics about pupils who have completed the hour, and as it turns out, Seattle currently has the most students who have completed a course on coding. San Francisco is trailing in 12th place, behind Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. (OK, it probably doesn’t hurt that Code.org is based in the Seattle region, but still.)

Another interesting point: out of the more than 6 million students who have taken part in the Hour of Code as of this writing, 54 percent of them are girls. That’s good news for the typically male-dominated tech industry, which has a serious problem with female representation in technical staffs. (A recent survey of 84 tech companies found that women make up just 12.3 percent of their engineering workforce.)

To give the Hour of Code a try for yourself, visit code.org/learn.

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  • Anil Pereira

    Tynker created 8 great new free tutorials for the Hour of Code and they are amazing (i checked them out for my kids). You can find them at http://www.Tynker.com/hour-of-code

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