December 8, 2013 1 Comment
If you’re one of the millions of people who use computers every day but have no idea how to code, listen up. Help has arrived.
This week — thanks to one enterprising student — JMU is participating in Hour of Code, an initiative to introduce people to computer coding. Marissa Halpert (’14), a computer science major from Richmond, Va., thought JMU should participate in the worldwide event. She floated the idea to the faculty of the Department of Computer Science, and they agreed.
According to Computer Science Education Week’s website, 33,150 organizers plan to host 4,496,950 students in 167 countries for the Hour of Code.
“Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify ‘code’ and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, or an innovator,” according to the website.
The JMU sessions will offer self-guided tutorials, CSUnplugged activities and Finch Robots. You can bring a tablet, smartphone or laptop, but it’s not necessary. The labs have plenty of computers to use.
You don’t need to sign up ahead of time. Just drop in. If you pick Monday night, you’ll learn about coding and celebrate the birthday of Grace Hopper, a pioneer in the field of computer science.
The hour-long sessions — with refreshments — will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. three evenings this week — Mon., Dec. 9, Tues., Dec. 10 and Wed., Dec. 11 — in the Integrated Science/Computer Science building, rooms 236, 243, 246, 248, and 250.
Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are all welcome to come. And Marissa is available to answer any questions by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone needs to know code, but don’t take my word for it…….