Lewis University Computer Students Host Hour of Code

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Lewis University Computer Students Host Hour of Code

Published: January 2, 2018.

The Lewis University IEEE Student Chapter, in conjunction with the IEEE Computer Society Chicago section, sponsored an Hour of Code event in December 2017 at the main campus in Romeoville. Over 20 children between five and 13 years old attended the event, many with their parents, to learn how to write computer programs.

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

The younger children were introduced to programming using Scratch while the older children were taught how to create programs in JavaScript. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is a project of the MIT Media Lab. JavaScript is one of the core technologies for web application development. It is used to make web pages interactive and provide online programs, including video games.

The event was led by Lewis University IEEE student members Robert Dudasik of Darien and Shane Tucci of Joliet, who are the current and incoming student chapter chairs, respectively, and Dr. Gina Martinez, assistant professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and serves as the student chapter adviser and IEEE Computer Society Chicago section Vice Chair.

IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, is the worldís largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Lewis University offers a bachelorís degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, with concentrations in Cyber Security, Web and Mobile Development, Data Science, and Video Game Development. It also offers minors in Computer Science, Cyber Security Science, Data Science, and Web and Mobile Application Development. At the graduate level, it offers a nationally-recognized Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelorís and a masterís degree in five years. A Master of Science in Data Science and Master of Science in Computer Science are also available.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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