Chris Bosh, will.i.am join Code.org PSA encouraging students to learn programming. [VIDEO]

Chris Bosh, will.i.am Join Campaign To Teach All Kids To Code

Chris Bosh, will.i.am Join Campaign To Teach All Kids To Code

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Feb. 26 2013 2:46 PM

Chris Bosh, will.i.am Join Campaign To Teach All Kids To Code

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Chris Bosh, nerd

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It’s not surprising that Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates both show up in a new video from Code.org to convince kids to learn how to program. But a couple of the other talking-heads may throw you: Chris Bosh, who studied some programming during his year at Georgia Tech, and will.i.am, who is currently learning to code. The primary message of the PSA: “You don’t have to be a genius to code,” as one participant puts it, and it will help you land a cool job.

“I know it can be intimidating,” says Bosh, who also shares that he was made fun of in high school for being part of a computer group called the “Whiz Kids.” “But what isn’t?” he asks.

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