Making Computer Science Accessible and Understandable for Everyone – Posted 11/25/14
On December 2, the County College of Morris (CCM) community will have the opportunity to take part in the national “Hour of Code” project to learn some basic computer programming and discover some of the magic behind computer science.
Students, faculty and staff are all invited to take part in the event, which is being held to celebrate Computer Science Education Week, held annually in December.
The CCM event, organized by Information Technologies Chair and Professor Nancy Binowski, takes place Tuesday, December 2. Three sessions are being offered from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Emeriti Hall, Room 217. Preregistration, however, is required since space is limited. To register, go to http://tinyurl.com/ccmHourOfCode.
“Everyone can code,” says Binowski, “This event is designed to show people that they, too, can learn computer coding. It’s for everyone, students, faculty and staff, techies or not.”
The Hour of Code is a project of code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing every 21st student with an opportunity to learn computer science. Its inaugural Hour of Code program last year had 22 million students from around the world participating in an hour-long coding tutorial that focused on the popular video games Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies.
“To succeed in today’s high-tech world, everyone really should have at least a basic understanding of coding,” notes Binowski. “The Hour of Code is a fun and easy way to get introduced to computer science.”