Apple holds Everyone Can Code event at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Apple experts visited the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to unveil software that lets users write code without having to see the screen, reports the American Statesman.

  Cameron Smith, 15, left and Demetria Ober, 18, work with a drone during class at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. — Photo courtesy of Ricardo Brazzill/American Statesman

Cameron Smith, 15, left and Demetria Ober, 18, work with a drone during class at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. — Photo courtesy of Ricardo Brazzill/American Statesman

Students at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired spent Wednesday morning with a team from the tech giant learning to code and then using the code to pilot small drones. This was Apple’s first in-school coding session for students who are blind and low vision. 

During the session, 17 students ranging from high school juniors to recent grads learned to write and develop their own code on an iPad, without ever having to see the screen, according to the American Statesman

The software is part of Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, which includes a free Hour of Code guide featuring the Swift Playgrounds challenge to make it easy to get started teaching code in schools, community centers and after-school programs. Schools can easily host their own one-hour Hour of Code event anytime by downloading the Swift Playgrounds app and Hour of Code guide.