Event marks Computer Science Education Week

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National Computer Science Education Week celebration includes high school students

Published: December 31, 2013.

The Lewis University Department of Mathematics and Computer Science recently hosted “Hour of Code,” a community event for high school students that offered an introduction to computer programming.

Using a programming environment called Scratch, Dr. Cindy Howard, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, guided the participants as they developed a game called Cheesy Cat. In this game, the hero, a cat the player controlled, was tasked with avoiding the persistent advances of vengeful bowls full of cheesy puffs. Through this game development, the students experienced the building blocks of all software development: sequence, selection and repetition as they created something fun.

This event was offered as part of the national Computer Science Education Week celebration. The initiative aims to spotlight the importance and value of developing programming skills for people from all walks of life. The celebration has featured “Hour of Code” events all across the country, including several that have been sponsored by tech giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It’s also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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