December, 2015: In December Deb Fredrick, a software developer in GSS’s Risk and Infrastructure Science Center, represented RISC and GSS in an Hour of Code at Homer Glen’s Oak Prairie Junior High. Hour of Code is a global movement, providing a one-hour introduction to computer science to tens of millions of students in over 180 countries and in more than 40 languages. Fredrick’s presentation to the class of 6th to 8th graders included a discussion of the Array of Things, the Aurora supercomputer, 3-d printing, and a question-and-answer session on what it is like to work in computer science at Argonne. Fredrick reflects “… the students were very curious and had a lot of good questions, not just about coding and computer science but also about Argonne as a whole. It made me so proud to work at ANL.”
Argonne’s volunteer efforts for Hour of Code are organized by Emily Cantu of the ANL Educational Outreach Program. Hour of Code is dedicated to the idea that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.