"Don't just buy a new video game, make one!" - President, Obama
"From phones to cars to medicine, technology touches every part of our lives. If you can create technology, you can change the world." — Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube
Bill Gates Chairman, Microsoft
"Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains."
will.i.am Musician/The Black Eyed Peas and Entrepreneur
"We ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It's important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code."
Sheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
"An understanding of computer science is becoming increasingly essential in today’s world. Our national competitiveness depends upon our ability to educate our children—and that includes our girls—in this critical field."
Vice President Al Gore
"Our civilization is experiencing unprecedented changes across many realms, largely due to the rapid advancement of information technology. The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial to success in today's hyper-connected world."
Mark Zuckerberg Founder, Facebook
"In fifteen years, we'll be teaching programming just like reading and writing...and wondering why we didn't do it sooner."
Arianna Huffington Founder, The Huffington Post
"Learning to code is useful no matter what your career ambitions are."
Dr. Mehmet Oz Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Author, and TV Personality
"To best prepare for life in the 21st century, today's students should ideally learn basic computer programming."
John Hennessy President, Stanford University
"Learning to program is exciting: it's stimulating, fun, develops new ways of thinking, and in a very short time you can build programs that will impress your friends and family! Discovering the joy of programming was the spark that started my professional life and impressed the teenage beauty who, 40 years later, is still the love of my life!"
Dennis Van Roekel President, National Education Association
"Learning to code unlocks creativity and builds confidence in students regardless of age, gender, or race. Computer programming can also be a teaching tool for other subjects, from physics to French. With today's technology, learning to code is more fun and more accessible than ever."
Susan Wojcicki Senior Vice President, Google
"Learning to code makes kids feel empowered, creative, and confident. If we want our young women to retain these traits into adulthood, a great option is to expose them to computer programming in their youth."
John Hickenlooper Governor, State of Colorado
"There's no question that computers are changing the world around us. To help prepare our children for a successful future, no matter what career they pursue, they need to learn basic computer programming skills."
Jack Dorsey Creator, Twitter. Founder and CEO, Square
"I think that great programming is not all that dissimilar to great art. Once you start thinking in concepts of programming it makes you a better person...as does learning a foreign language, as does learning math, as does learning how to read."
Stephen Hawking Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, and Author
"Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn."
Max Levchin CEO and Co-founder, Paypal
"Learning to code will be a huge booster for your future, no matter what your professional plans may be. Learning to code will also make you extremely cool!"
Salman Khan Founder, Khan Academy
"To prepare humanity for the next 100 years, we need more of our children to learn computer programming skills, regardless of their future profession. Along with reading and writing, the ability to program is going to define what an educated person is."