Impressive Initiative from SAS. I hope they also do something for the skilled coders in the analytics community as a whole not just webinars, downloadable white papers and/or conferences /lunches
Teachers are encouraged to expose students to online tutorials that may be completed with just a web-browser, tablet, or smartphone. My personal favorite is Blockly. Just try it, and I promise you’ll be fascinated.
There are also unplugged tutorials for students without computer access. No experience is needed! The idea is to help students experience the power of coding and get them “hooked” so they will enroll in at least one computer science course.
I’d like to share what we are doing at SAS to promote the Hour of Code in order to spark ideas for how other companies can do the same.
We are educating SAS employees and arming them with resources to act as advocates. On Dec. 10, SAS CIO Keith Collins will provide an overview at a special lunch event and will encourage employees to be ambassadors for the Hour of Code. For those not able to attend, we will archive the video so folks can watch at their convenience.