In a bid to encourage youngsters to get involved in the world of computer programming, Apple is taking part in this year’s “Hour of Code” this December.

Hour of Code is a part of Computer Science Education Week, which takes place from December 7 – 13. It aims to introduce school students to the world of computer science in a friendly and fun way, with sixty minute lessons and activities.

Apple will be holding free code workshops in its retail stores around the US, allowing children as young as six to sign up and participate. It’s a nice effort to get kids involved in what has traditionally been seen as an overly technical and potentially boring subject. Programming is still neglected in many schools, with these workshops intending to spark an interest in computers from a young age.

Additionally, Apple will host six big computer science events in cities around the world, featuring talks by esteemed developers and coders, including one of the makers of Crossy Road, Andy Sum. These events will take place in New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Sydney, Brussels and Chicago.

This is the third year running Apple has contributed to Code.org‘s educational efforts.