To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Hood College computer science faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, visited schools in the Frederick County Public School District to work with teachers and students during several Hour of Code school events Dec. 4-10.
They taught more than 600 students in 23 classes, which included business, foundations of technology, introduction to computer science, Microsoft certification and AP computer science. The lessons served three purposes: expose students to coding to demystify the idea that coding is difficult or scary; teach computational thinking, or composing problems and forming step-by-step solutions; and help try to decrease the gender gap in computer science.
Brunswick High School, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School, Middletown High School, Oakdale High School and Walkersville High School welcomed Hood into their classrooms.
Hood computer science faculty members Carol Jim, William Crum, Ahmed Salem, Aijuan Dong, John Boon, Khalid Lateef and George Dimitoglou, along with undergraduate students Mickayla Bachar ’19, Karen Canas ’18 and Brandon Ubiera ’19 and graduate students Jeff Larson and Abdul Mir participated in the instruction.