Neumont University Partners with Highland Park Elementary to Participate in Global 'Hour of Code' Initiative
Salt Lake City, December 11, 2015--Neumont University’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) joined fifth grade students from Highland Park Elementary in the Salt Lake City School District on Thursday, December 9, 2015 to celebrate and participate in the global ‘Hour of Code’ initiative.
The university students gave a brief presentation about their passion for coding and computer science and talked about the different types of jobs available for people in the technology sector. After a brief question and answer session, they joined the students in the elementary school’s computer lab for coding tutorials from hourofcode.com.
Paula Márquez, a fifth grade teacher at Highland Park Elementary said, “The ‘Hour of Code’ opened my student's eyes to a branch of STEM that was new for most of them. Having the students from Neumont visit, gave our fifth graders an opportunity to meet computer science experts who got them excited about coding and working with computer programming.”
“SWE is really working toward promoting interest in STEM fields – specifically for computer science,” said Chloe Urbatsch, Neumont’s SWE chapter president. The Spokane, Wash. native who’s working towards her bachelor’s in web design and development says a big focus is younger people. “We want them to see that coding is a really cool thing and not just something that ‘nerds’ do,” said Urbatsch. “We want to show that a wide range of people can be interested and enjoy coding and that being a ‘nerd’ isn’t a bad thing at all.”
Neumont University was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003 to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering an accredited bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum.