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Neumont College of Computer Science was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum. This blog serves as a platform to publish and share, news, reviews, and stories from Utah's best kept tech secret. 

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Summer of Programming Kicks Off with Kid Code Con 2016

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Ten years ago, Utah Geek Events kicked off their first coding camp at Neumont University’s South Jordan campus. There were 50 adults that attended the session. A decade later, more than 700 attendees were taking part in another historic event: Kid Code Con at Neumont’s campus in downtown Salt Lake City, officially kicking off the Summer of Programming at the university. 

The event offerings included classes in Scratch, JavaScript, and Gamemaker for the eight to 18 crowd; as well as more basic classes to help build a foundation for future coders starting at just five years old. There was also a special parent session focused on better understanding Computer Science and how best to support young coders.

“As a mother of young girls, I thought it was wonderful to get an opportunity for them to get a chance to dig deeper into the STEM area,” said Jamie Moncur, who attended with her three daughters, ages three to eight. 

Sabrena Suite-Mangum, a Neumont employee said she was also elated to participate in Kids Code Con with her seven-year old son Holden.

“He started getting particularly interested in programming and computer science during last year’s Hour of Code. He kept asking when he would get attend a summer coding camp, but there’s not much offered for kids under age eight. The event was great way to keep fueling his interest in programming. I’m so grateful we attended.” 
Holden Mangum, age 7 at the Electronics 101 session. "I never knew so much went into getting an LED light to work!" he later shared.  

Holden Mangum, age 7 at the Electronics 101 session. "I never knew so much went into getting an LED light to work!" he later shared.  

Holden said he thought it was important to learn to code “so I can make video games when I grow up.” His mom recognizes it's the language of the future, and a skill set to be nurtured early. He attended the Lego session and the Electronics 101 class, lead by Copper Hills High Junior Cassandra Ivie, who has been recognized on a local and national level for her contributions robotics and STEM education For this session, participants used breadboard kits to show how circuits and LED lights work.

Eight-year old Cyrus Cheney, son of Neumont  UniversityEvent Coordinator Emily Cheney said, “I like that it was educational and fun. It’s important to do things like Kid Con because we learn different strategies to do different things.” 

His mother Emily added: "We had a fantastic time at Kid Con! I wish I had the opportunity to learn coding basics as a child." 

For the older participants, one of the event highlights was the Virtual Reality session. Pat Wright, President of Utah Geek Events and head of Kid Code Con said that more than 70 people chose to attend the morning session alone. One key factor was the Microst HoloLens. Only 1,000 have been made to date, and it lived up to the hype.

students and kids at Kids Con

Wright said that while Utah Geek Events' Adult coding camps have expanded well beyond the capacity at Neumont, that the downtown spot was perfect for Kid Code Con.

“We have a long standing relationship with Neumont,” he explained. “It’s a great school. The project-based learning is what sets Neumont apart from every other university in the state. I tell parents, 'For my dollar, I’m most likely sending my daughter to Neumont because her best chance of getting hired is here.' ”

Utah Geek Events will host another Kid Code Con at Neumont University in August. Watch the news story on KUTV for more information. 

'Hour of Code' with Neumont SWE Volunteers and Highland Park Elementary

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Last week, Neumont University joined with millions of students across the world to celebrate ‘Hour of Code’ – 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.

A few Neumont students from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) volunteered their time and talents to help fifth graders at Salt Lake City School District’s Highland Park Elementary School. The SWE volunteers answered questions about technology, what types of jobs they’re planning to have in the future, and what it's like going to school year-round at a computer science focused university. Some of the fifth graders were especially relieved to hear that you don’t have to be Einstein or a straight-A student to code and love computer science. 

We got a kick out of reading the 10 and 11 year-old’s responses about their “Day of Code” experience with Neumont. Check out the press release and read some of the student’s reviews below.

“I learned that technology is cool to study. I learned that there is a technology college. I learned that there is no summer in technology school. I learned that technology is very interesting.” 
“I learned that you can make any game you want. But you have to work very hard to get an education and go to college.” 
“It was great. I learned how to code Minecraft.” 
“I liked how [Neumont] came and led us on the 'Hour of Code.' They are so nice, and they will help us figure out the problems on the computer. Even if they are like 10 years older than us, they are so nice. I can’t stop saying how nice they are to us. I love math and science.” 
“Today, I learned to code you don’t have to be good at math or science cause to be truthful I am so so so so so so bad at math and science.” 
“I learned technology is way cool. I love the people that taught us the stuff today. They are so cool. I am so glad and grateful they came today. I learned a lot more today than I was suppose.”
“I learned that coding is fun! You can make video games which is awesome! When you go to [Neumont] you get no summer vacation! You don’t have to be a genius to go to Neumont University! You can work for Google and other companies. CODING IS AWESOME!”
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“I liked learning about how these students are accomplishing. I liked hearing what they want to be when they grow up. It was fun. Thank you.” 
“I love the code game because it makes me feel like really smart and I love that all of these people are here, and it was amazing, and I want them back!!!!!!” 
“I love coding! My brother will freak out when he hears about Minecraft coding.”
“NU taught me about computer science. They have all made me think what if I want to work with technology and gaming and more. I hope one day I could learn about technology and be a science geek and help others.”