Code.org, which develops curriculum and trains teachers to teach computer-science lessons to K-12 students, said the new funding will help it train more teachers and update its curricula.

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Code.org is marking the beginning of Computer Science Education Week with a development of its own: $12 million in new funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Infosys and PwC.

The Seattle nonprofit develops curriculum and trains teachers to teach computer-science lessons to K-12 students. Each year, it hosts an annual Hour of Code event that encourages students of all ages to complete one-hour tutorials (which are available year-round) to learn some basics of coding.

Code.org CEO and founder Hadi Partovi ( Mike Siegel / The Seatte Times)
Code.org CEO and founder Hadi Partovi ( Mike Siegel / The Seatte Times)

The new funding will enable the nonprofit to train more teachers and update its curricula, said CEO and co-founder Hadi Partovi.

“The interest from schools has always been great, but it’s kind of reached a fever pitch right now,” he said.

When Code.org started four years ago, it couldn’t get a single school district to commit to teaching computer science in every high school. Now, the organization has so many pledging to do so it’s hard to keep track, Partovi said.

More than 70 school districts agreed to expand computer-science education in some way, Code.org said. Several cities — including Austin, Boston, Houston and Los Angeles — said they would offer classes in every high school.

Code.org is backed by a large number of big tech companies, an industry that has been heavily encouraging more computer science education in schools.