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Free workshops in December for Parents and Children for Computer Science Education Week at Monmouth University

Media Contact: Petra Ludwig 732-263-5507

Ninety percent of American schools don’t teach computer science. Fewer students are learning how computers work than a decade ago. Girls and minorities are severely underrepresented. And yet, technology is increasingly shaping almost every aspect of how we live our lives.

Monmouth University’s Computer Science and Software Engineering Department is encouraging schools and parents to join in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code.

“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org.

During Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14), students across the world from kindergarten through college will spend one hour learning the basics of computer science by doing online tutorials featuring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, and more.

Monmouth University has scheduled several sessions where parents and children can complete an Hour of Code activity together. Monmouth University students and faculty will be available to answer questions as participants go through the self-guided coding experience.

Workshops will be held in Howard Hall at Monmouth University as follows:

•         Thursday, December 11, 6 to 7 p.m.

•         Friday, December 12, 5 to 6 p.m.

Seats are limited for these campus sessions and reservations are required by calling 732-571-7501. For more information, contact Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Jamie Kretsch at 732-571-7501 or jkretsch@monmouth.edu .