Rochester Institute of Tech's Women in Computing To Share Coding Experiences with High School Students
students at the Rochester Institute
of Technology (RIT) will partner with local high schools
in the annual Hour
of Code event held around the world during Computer
Week, December 7-13.
the week, teachers, parents and friends
are encouraged to give a one-hour tutorial on computer coding to
of millions of middle and high school students in more than 180
expected to participate in 200,000 coding events around the world and
events in the United States.
Hour of Code is designed to demystify code,"
said Code.org Founder and CEO Hadi Partovi, "to show that computer science is
not rocket science and anybody can learn the basics."
Rochester, four members of RIT's Women in
Computing Group will join White House Chief Technology Officer Megan
Smith in a
panel discussion dealing with the gender gap in computer science. The
held at Seneca Falls High School, is intended to encourage female
pursue careers in computing.
event will include a screening and discussion
of "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap," a documentary by Robin Reynolds on
women often opt out of computer science.
RIT Women in Computing Group members will
also help teach computer coding at the Hillside Work-Scholarship
Before the panel discussion, they will tour Mynderse Academy in Seneca
see demonstrations of the school's computer science and robotics
and minorities are severely
underrepresented in programming, but fortunately, there's something we
about it," said Lana Verschage, director of RIT's Women in Computing.
is to get kids to think, create and have a blast — all while learning
RIT students involved in the Hour of Code
events in Rochester are Shannon McIntosh (second-year software
major) and Asia Woodside, Morgan Keiser and Ariana Caraballo (all
computer science majors).
looking forward to sharing my personal
experiences with being a female in computing," McIntosh said. "I think
incredible how you can create a massive project from nothing. If you
laptop and put some work in, you can develop just about anything."
interested in participating in Hour of
Code can download tutorials with themes from "Star Wars," "Minecraft"
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.