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Microsoft Hosts Students During National Computer Science Week for Hour of Code

December's National Computer Science Week and Hour of Code brought a variety of coding-related activities into classrooms and afterschool programs around the country.

In Washington, D.C., the DC After-School All-Stars were hosted by Microsoft to take part in coding activities. Paul St. Clair, Government Affairs Project Manager at Microsoft, commented that students were extremely enthusiastic about participating in the event, particularly in activities relating to technology they're familiar with, such as the XBox. St.Clair and others at Microsoft were invited to visit the DC After-School All-Stars program, and Microsoft staff responded with enthusiasm. Aaron Dworkin, President of the Network of After-School All-Stars, expressed his thanks to both Microsoft and the National AfterSchool Association for including the All-Stars in what he called a "wonderful learning opportunity."

Throughout the nation, students participated in a variety of coding activities. National Computer Science Week's website,, shows that millions of participants used the various coding activities made available on their site. For educators looking to continue to incorporate coding into their student activities, there are "Beyond One Hour" activities available on their site, as well. And as Microsoft and After-School All-Stars found, partnerships between local technology companies and educational programs can yield big results.