In the White House on Monday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took part in one of the many “Hour of Code” events held across the country. Sitting down with a group of middle-school students, the president and vice president urged these promising young people to learn computer programming and coding basics. The students were advised to educate themselves on how to “create a video game” and not merely to play one.
“One of the great things about America is that we invent stuff and make stuff, not just use it,”Obama told the group of enthusiastic young people.
That’s all well and good – more students need to be encouraged to pursue careers in STEM-related professions, and a gentle nudge from the president and the vice president in that direction is welcome. One aspect of this event, however, has been woefully underreported: