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The Vincennes University Information Technology Department hosted 140 5th grade students from the South Gibson School Corporation on Thursday, December 6th, 2017 for the National Hour of Code event.
“Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.” (code.org) Professor Lederman’s students apply skills gained from completing a class in Project Management to plan and execute the event. In addition to computer programming, the event engaged the 5th grade students with multiple examples of technology including, logic activities, computer hardware, graphic art and design, and cyber security safety.

The Hour of Code 2016 took place on December 8th 2016 at the VU Gibson Center. Professor Lederman, Professor Hirsch, and the COMP 310 – Managing Information Technology students hosted 150 fifth graders from three different local schools. The students were able to participate in different projects, promoting information technology, some of which include, logic puzzles, 3D modeling, 3D printing, robotics, programming, and coding.
The Hour of Code 2015 took place on December 10th, 2015 at the VU Gibson Center. Vincennes University-Information Technology students hosted an “Hour of Code” for local community school 5th graders. The event will took place during the National Hour of Code week in December, 2015. Professor Jaci Lederman and her Information Technology students expanded on the previous Hour of Code project. The event hosted over eighty-five 5th grade students and provided the students with hands on coding activities using Code.org, as well as hands-on computer science activities that reinforce coding concepts.

Vincennes University-Information Technology students hosted an “Hour of Code” at a local community schools in February of 2015. Professor Jaci Lederman and her Information Technology students worked with a group of 5th graders, showing them how to program or “code” computer applications. Professor Lederman promoted computer science using resources from code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and computer programming by making it available in the classroom. The Vincennes University students taught the students basic programming fundamentals as they learned to code their own an application. Jaci Lederman commented that the goal of this community service project was to inspire young students to consider career possibilities in the Information Technology/Computer Science field, and to give an opportunity to current Information Technology students at Vincennes University to share their passion for their chosen profession.