The University of Tulsa recently hosted an Hour of Code event for a group of 38 Tulsa 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.
Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems Sal Aurigemma along with students Amy Cairns and Kristen Davis volunteered to assist the Girl Scouts and answer any questions as they worked individually through the Hour of Code program.
Karla Davis, who helped coordinate the Girl Scouts’ participation, said, “All of the reports I heard were very positive and one leader wrote enthusiastically that all of her girls gave the event ‘two thumbs up’.” Davis hopes to organize another Hour of Code in the spring as well as create a portable program so that troops across eastern Oklahoma can partner with local colleges and universities to hold similar events.
Cairns, a junior MIS major, said programs like this benefit students by allowing them to explore code in an environment that is open to learning, with resources available to answer questions. “My favorite part was definitely how much the girls excelled,” she said. “There were some girls doing coding sections that were above my level.”