Mark Zuckerberg Appears In Video Promoting Computer Science Education

By David Cohen 

Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined other tech notables in a video for nonprofit organization aimed at encouraging computer science education and teaching kids how to code.

Also featured in the short film were: Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates, Twitter Co-Founder and Executive Chairman and Square Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, Dropbox Founder and CEO Drew Houston, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and Miami Heat Center Chris Bosh, who studied programming in college.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg shared the following post about the video Tuesday morning:

A call by Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi, supported by Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and so many other leaders, to teach our children how to code. If we joined together as a nation and provided our children with the education they all deserve — including an understanding of computer science — we would improve their future and our country’s economic competitiveness. This is for our daughters and our sons!

And Zuckerberg said during the short film:

I was in sixth grade.

Learning how to program didn’t start off as wanting to learn all of computer science, or trying to master this discipline, or anything like that. It just started off because I wanted to do this one simple thing: I wanted to make something that was fun for myself and my sisters, and I wrote this little program and then basically added a little bit to it. When I needed to learn something new, I looked it up, in a book or on the Internet, and just added a little bit to it.

Our policy is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. The whole limit in the system is just that there aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.

Just to think that you can start something in your college dorm room and you can have a set of people who haven’t built a big company before come together and build something that 1 billion people use as part of their daily lives is just crazy to think about. It’s really just humbling and amazing.

Readers: Do you agree that it is important for kids to learn programming?