Graduates with a computer science (CS) degree are in high demand in the job market, but the demand for graduates exceeds supply.
To get youth excited about computer science, on Saturday, March 16, Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program at Virginia State University (VSU) is hosting “Code Your World at VSU!,” a three-hour event for students aged 8–14. The event, held in partnership with the university’s Department of Computer Science, will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Room 14S, Hunter-McDaniel Building, Virginia State University, 1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, Va., 23806.
“Code Your World” consists of a four-part challenge that teaches kids to apply computer science to the world around them through hands-on activities. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, “Code Your World” includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction. Kids will participate in digital animation using the coding language Scratch, as well as dance to represent important computer science skills, including computational thinking, decomposition, algorithm design, pattern recognition and abstraction.
The event costs $15 per person and is limited to 30 spots. Snacks and beverages will be provided. To register, visit ext.vsu.edu/calendar, click on the event and then click on the registration link.
For further information or if a person with a disability desires any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact Jessica Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (804) 524-5964 / (800) 828-1120 (TDD) during business hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations no later than five days prior to the event.
Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA 23806