Computer Science Education Week 2014

#HourOfCode #DCACM #DeVRYOver five days, the DC ACM and DeVry University held free workshops offering individuals the experience of computer programming. We believe broadening access to computer skills is important and are very proud of the diversity our workshops drew.

Our workshops were titled “Hour of Code” events to recognize the connection our local initiative held to the global #HourOfCode initiative. Code.org, a non-profit organization aiming to create access to computer science, led the global effort. According to Code.org, participating individuals and organizations recognized #CSEdWeek by creating #HourOfCode events in over 150 countries worldwide.

Professor Shahnaz Kamberi organized the events with support from DeVry and the DC ACM. The events were held on DeVry’s Crystal City, Virginia campus in honor of National Computer Science education week.

image063We locally offered the following workshops:

  • “Introduction to C++” – taught by Professor Kamberi
  • “Introduction to CISCO Academy” – taught by Professor Alidad Jalinous of DeVry University DC Metro
  • “Introduction to Web Design and Development” – taught by Professors Anne Chandra and Prince Ikegwuono of DeVry University DC Metro
  • “Introduction to Code through Games” – taught by Kamberi & Zumkhawala

Many of our younger participants and their parents encouraged us to offer more coding opportunities in the future. Attendees expressed that they enjoyed coding in C++ and learning about web design. Younger attendees especially enjoyed the #HourofCode studio tools such as “Code with Anna and Elsa”, “The Farmer”, and “Candy Quest”.

image058The goal of Hour of Code workshops is to offer individuals of all ages and backgrounds exposure to computer science concepts. Whether 4 years old or 104 years old, we urge all people to tinker with computers and programming!

Did you participate in the #HourofCode event last week? Tweet us at @dcacm.

For more information, please email info@dcacm.org.

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