Apple Partners With Boys & Girls Clubs to Provide Tens of Thousands of Kids With Opportunity to Learn How to Code

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Apple today announced it has launched a new program that will allow tens of thousands of students at Boys & Girls Clubs in more than a dozen U.S. cities to learn how to code.

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Using iPads donated by Apple, students at select Boys & Girls Clubs will be able to access Apple's free Everyone Can Code curriculum alongside educators, allowing them to learn the basics of app design and development with Apple's programming language Swift.

Apple said the program will initially launch at Boys & Girls Clubs in 10 regions, including Atlanta, Austin, the Washington D.C. metro area, Miami-Dade County, Wake County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and others. Programming is already available at clubs in Atlantic City, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and Newark, New Jersey.

"At Apple, we believe education is a force for equity, and that all learners should have the opportunity to explore and develop coding skills for their future," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives.

Top Rated Comments

Villarrealadrian Avatar
7 weeks ago
Great! I develop apps in swift and it's a great experience, I think swift playgrounds is a great place to start!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
7 weeks ago

I am actually planning on downloading Swift Playgrounds in the near future and dabble a bit with it. Who knows, might be the start of something. Tried learning C++, but never went anywhere. Sometimes I think coding is black magic and I’ll just never get it. The big issue is how do you create something useful or what people really want in a world software that’s already saturated?

There is literally an app for anything you could want with multiple permutations. I look at even the work of someone like Steven Troughton Smith and the apps he’s created don’t seem to be of much use although he seems to get pity praises for it. But my sense is a lot of land grab is done and over. Unless you are creating something that can cure cancer or win the lottery, it’s pretty much gaining the skills to work got a big established developer.
Don’t make software for us. Make something you want.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
icwhatudidthere Avatar
7 weeks ago

Interesting that it’s an hourly rate job, and not salary based, especially at a three figures hourly. I assume that’s probably because you have different projects through different companies, and you kind of have to charge them an hourly rate versus salary, because you’re not working just for one company/client?

My other question to you would be, why is there such a demand now versus pre-pandemic? Are we seeing more people leave this industry because of what reasons?
I'm not the OP but demand is not significantly different now vs pre-pandemic. IOW, it's always been high. It's greater in general but software developers (in the US) have always made bank. Both salary and contract rates have been very good, at least going back to when I started working in the 90s. Nowadays, it's not uncommon for top CS grads to hit 6 figures starting salary.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DeepIn2U Avatar
7 weeks ago

App Store needs more apps
lol, we need more quality apps, either for purchase at reasonable amounts or by full year license. Subscriptions I loathe.


In 10 years the computers will code themselves and all these skills will be useless like when we used to know how to configure MS-DOS autoexec.bat and config.sys files.:rolleyes:
LMAO ... same has been said in the early 80's then the 90's and the early 2000's ... coding themselves ... not even close yet.

Sorry but the Foundation still hasn't yet formed.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
7 weeks ago
I am actually planning on downloading Swift Playgrounds in the near future and dabble a bit with it. Who knows, might be the start of something. Tried learning C++, but never went anywhere. Sometimes I think coding is black magic and I’ll just never get it. The big issue is how do you create something useful or what people really want in a world software that’s already saturated?

There is literally an app for anything you could want with multiple permutations. I look at even the work of someone like Steven Troughton Smith and the apps he’s created don’t seem to be of much use although he seems to get pity praises for it. But my sense is a lot of land grab is done and over. Unless you are creating something that can cure cancer or win the lottery, it’s pretty much gaining the skills to work got a big established developer.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghanwani Avatar
7 weeks ago
Coding as a skill is useful, coding as a career is meh.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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