HONOLULU (AP) For the first time in its history, Harvard University has created a program to help its online students learn how to code.
The program, called the Harvard Code Challenge, aims to help students in every corner of the country, from rural school districts to cities to suburbs.
It was launched last month in response to a nationwide spike in cyberattacks that have hit universities, businesses and schools.
The program is meant to be a tool for the most disadvantaged students.
Its goal is to help young people develop the skills to navigate a world where technology and data have disrupted many of the ways we communicate, work and live.
In an interview, the Harvard president, Drew Faust, said the goal is not to just help students learn to code but to empower them to use the tools to help others.
In the United States, more than 20 million students have learned to code through online courses.
The average age of a student who has taken an online class is 17, according to the program.
Students in the Harvard code challenge, which runs from May 15 to May 22, will have access to an online course in computer science called “Advanced Web and Social Applications.”
It’s designed to help them learn how computers and the internet work, how to think creatively and how to apply that knowledge to their work.
Students will also have access a website where they can download their own code, which is used to create websites and apps.
The online course is free, but students can pay for additional materials or use a fee to enroll.
Students must be 18 to take it, and they must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent to be eligible.
The first two weeks of the course are free, and the last two weeks are tuition-free.
Students who complete the course can earn a certificate of completion in computer-related skills, a certificate in computer programming, or a master’s degree in computer technology.
The Harvard Code challenge is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The $2.5 million goal is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The funds are administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Technology, and will be distributed through the university’s Office of Digital Innovation.
“We’re working hard to find the right resources to help our students,” Faust said.
“We want to make sure they have access as much as possible to the tools they need.”