Free Workshops in December for Parents and Children for Computer Science Education Week

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12/6/2013

Ninety percent of American schools don't teach computer science. Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. And yet, technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of how we live our lives.

Monmouth University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering is encouraging schools and parents to join in on the largest education event in history: The Hour of Code. During Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15), students across the world from kindergarten through college will spend one hour learning the basics of computer science by doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds, and more.

Monmouth University has scheduled several sessions where parents and children can complete an Hour of Code activity together. Monmouth University students and faculty will be available to answer questions as participants go through the self-guided coding experience.

Workshops will be held in Howard Hall at Monmouth University as follows:

  • Thursday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 13, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Seats are limited for these campus sessions, and reservations are required by calling 732-571-7501.

For more information, visit hourofcode.org.

The Hour of Code is a campaign to prove that regardless of age, race, or gender, anyone can learn how to not just consume, but build the technologies of the future. This movement, organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and over 100 others, is a statement that today's generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.

For more information, contact Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Jamie Kretsch at 732-571-7501.


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