Hour of Code at Lewis University

The Lewis University IEEE Student Chapter, in conjunction with the IEEE Computer Society Chicago section, sponsored an Hour of Code event on Saturday, December 9. Over twenty children between five and thirteen years old attended the event, many with their parents, to learn how to write computer programs.

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 webpages interactive and provide online programs, including video games.

The event was led by Lewis University IEEE student members Robert Dudasik and Shane Tucci, who are the current and incoming student chapter chairs, respectively, and Dr. Gina Martinez who serves as the student chapter adviser and IEEE Computer Society Chicago section Vice Chair. “Hour of Code” is a worldwide event planned for the second week of December that aims to introduce kids at an early age to those technologies that will continue to shape our todays and tomorrows.

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