By Ian Bush

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Could your child be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates? Students at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia are trying their hand at computer programming this week.

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SLA is among the schools across the country offering special activities during this Computer Science Education Week.

“Students who wouldn’t normally get computer science — at least not at this age, and most don’t know what computer science is — program for an hour. Or get a little taste of what computer science has to offer.”

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Mark Miles is doing an Hour of Code with his classes, where the kids learn through games and dragging-and-dropping the basics of computer languages — with tangible results:

“Doing animations, producing interactive things — always very visual stuff.”

Like app creation or gaming — something to spark their interest now that could lead to a bright future in a booming industry.

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