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Does writing code boost math scores?

‘Don’t just play on your phone, program it,” President Obama says in a promotional video aimed to get students to spend an hour writing computer code.

A nonprofit group called enlisted Obama and more than a dozen celebrities — including pop singer Shakira, actor Ashton Kutcher, and NBA star Dwight Howard — to convince kids that it’s cool to take a computer science class. Apple stores in Boston and elsewhere offered free coding workshops last Wednesday to promote the effort.

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