The University of Tulsa recently hosted an Hour of Code event for more than 100 area Girl Scouts ranging from ages 6 to 13. The Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.
Collins College of Business students and alumni volunteered to assist the Girl Scouts and answer any questions as they worked individually through the Hour of Code program. Kristen Davis, a junior majoring in management and physics, helped organize the first event in 2015 along with Amy Cairns (BSBA ’17). Participation has grown from around 25 participants to more than 100. Davis says the event helps involve more girls in computer science, which has historically been a male-dominated field. “It really simplifies coding and teaches them that they can do it.”
Programs like Hour of Code benefit students by allowing them to explore coding in an environment that is open to learning, with resources available to answer questions.
The Collins College of Business offers a major in computer information systems, which combines courses in technology with a business foundation in areas including marketing, management, finance and accounting. Students gain knowledge in a wide range of topics such as business application development, database systems, telecommunications protocols and infrastructure, information security, systems analysis and design and project management.
The program is a good fit for someone who likes to solve problems, enjoys technology and is interested in learning more about digital information management. Prospective students also need to have strong interpersonal skills.