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May 20, 2014

Pluralsight Teaches Kids to Code with Latest Free E-Learning Course: Kodu Kingdom Defense

SALT LAKE CITY – Pluralsight, a global leader in online training for technology professionals, announced a new course, “Learn to Program: Kodu Kingdom Defense,” to its courses for kids library. This and other free Pluralsight kids courses are aimed at fostering innovation and critical thinking skills at a young age, with the goal of helping grow the number of computer science students across the world. 

“Pluralsight is committed to taking a proactive approach to solve the gap that currently exists in the education system by teaching the rising generation programming skills. Our courses provide a fun way to learn to code, while also giving kids the skills they need to succeed in our technology- driven society.” 

Although programming jobs are some of the best-paying jobs in the world, there is a significant gap between the number of jobs available and the number of people who are qualified to fill them. According to Code.org, this discrepancy is expected to expand, with 1 million more jobs than computer science students by 2020. 

“Our goal is to help kids become creators of technology, not just consumers,” said Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight. “Pluralsight is committed to taking a proactive approach to solve the gap that currently exists in the education system by teaching the rising generation programming skills. Our courses provide a fun way to learn to code, while also giving kids the skills they need to succeed in our technology-driven society.” 

Recognizing that students learn best in a hands-on environment, Pluralsight has taken a cue from art education by creating a course that gives students a project to complete by the end of the course. Kodu Kingdom Defense takes less than three hours to complete and teaches students how to program a game. 

The course walks students through the process of programming a video game — using Kodu game lab — that they can then play on a desktop or an Xbox. With this new course, along with other free programming courses for kids, Pluralsight aims to inspire kids to embrace computer programming through creative and interactive learning. 

For more information on Kodu Kingdom Defense and other free programming courses for kids visit pluralsight.com/training/kids

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