WEST LONG BRANCH – 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 Computer Science and Software Engineering Department is encouraging schools and parents to join in on the largest education event in history: The Hour of Code.
During Computer Science Education Week, held 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 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12; from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
Seats are limited for these campus sessions and reservations are required and may be made 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. The movement, organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and more than 100 others, is a statement that today’s generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.