Date of Release: December 11, 2013
BANGOR, MAINE – December 10, 2013 – Students from Hermon High School and Middle School will be visiting the campus of Husson University on December 11, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. to participate in the “Hour of Code.”
The event, organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as over 100 others, is taking place during Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15). The goal of Code.org is to get 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms around the world to learn at least one hour of computer science this week. This includes 110 students from the Bangor area.
In addition to the students from Hermon High School and Middle School who will be on campus, professors from Husson University and the New England School of Communications will visit All Saints Catholic School, Dr. Lewis S. Libby School and Reeds Brook Middle School. Students at those schools will participate on site.
As part of the “Hour of Code” event, students will create interactive greeting cards, games, draw online, and other activities. New England School of Communications at Husson University Instructor, Laura Gurney, states it best, “It’s not as scary or intimidating as you might think. An “Hour of Code” is a great opportunity for students to participate in fun and exciting coding and see an outcome.”
Ninety percent of American schools do not teach computer science. In addition, fewer students are learning how computers “work” when compared to a decade ago. It is estimated that there will be 1 million more computing jobs than students by the year 2020. (Source: Code.org).
The event will begin at Husson University and NESCom at approximately 11:30 a.m. when the students arrive on campus. Middle school students will go to the computer lab in Room 220 in Peabody Hall. High school students will go to Room 102 in the NESCom building.
Once they arrive at the computer labs, their activity team leaders will engage the students in coding activities. The event will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. Students will then have the opportunity to take a tour of the campus. Following the tour, they will get back on the bus and return to their school.
For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.