Vincennes University promotes computer science for all with coding event - External Relations
Vincennes University promotes computer science for all with coding event
December 2, 2019 / Vincennes University promotes computer science for
all with coding event
VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University Information Technology
Department is hosting 130 fifth-grade students from the South Gibson
School Corporation for an Hour of Code event on Dec. 5 at VU’s Gibson
County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics in Fort Branch, Indiana.
University Information Technology Department Chair Jaci Lederman
read about Code.org and Hour of Code events in Wired Magazine six
years ago. She instantly began taking the event one step further by
incorporating the event into project-based learning for her IT
students. For the event, Lederman’s IT students apply skills gained
from completing a class in Project Management to plan and execute the
The South Gibson students will interact with VU IT students and VU IT
Visiting Professor Newton Lee, a former senior producer and lead
engineer at The Walt Disney Company. Lee specializes in game design
and artificial intelligence.
In addition to computer science, the event will engage the
fifth-grade students with multiple examples of technology including,
logic activities, coding, video game creation, Internet of Things
(IoT), Lego bots, and cyber security safety.
According to Code.org, computer science drives innovation throughout
the U.S. economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12
education. Nineteen states have adopted a policy to give all high
school students access to computer science courses. Of those states,
only eight give all K-12 students access. There are 484,452 open
computing jobs nationwide and 61,642 computer science students
graduated into the workforce last year.
"This event is an excellent opportunity to give back to the
community,” Lederman said. “College students are given the opportunity
to inspire fifth-grade students by teaching them about various types
of technologies within the Information Technology profession.”
Vincennes University offers seven associate degrees, including a
degree in Computer Science, as well as two Information Technology
concentration Bachelor of Science Degrees. For more information, visit
Information Technology Department Chair/Associate Professor
VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper, the
Aviation Technology Center and American Sign Language program in
Indianapolis, Early College Career and Technical Education Centers,
and additional sites such as the Gene Haas Training and Education
Center in Lebanon, the Logistics Training and Education Center in
Plainfield, and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
and Logistics in Fort Branch. A leader in developing Early Colleges
statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.
In addition to offering a wide range of associate degree and
certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in
technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs
in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.
VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 36 other states, and 21
other countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana
campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only
college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become
President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S.
President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana
Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
MARCIA MARTINEZ, University Life Reporter & Sports
Information Director 812-888-4164 office, 314-599-1519 cell,
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Department of University Relations, www.vinu.edu/newsroom