Charlotte launches Cyber Saturday at Winthrop University

Winthrop-Cyber-SaturdayThe launch of the 5th location for IT—oLogy Cyber Saturday for Middle School students took place February 22nd. Winthrop University sponsors and hosts this newest Cyber Saturday.   The Greater Charlotte branch supported the effort.

After volunteering multiple times at the Cyber Saturdays held in Charlotte, Laura Fanning, AAA Carolinas, CIO, and Edward Granger, Winthrop University Computer Science major began planning the first Cyber Saturday at the Winthrop campus.

Edward engaged students from the STARS Computing Corps of Winthrop University under the supervision of Dr. Marguerite Doman, Assistant Professor of Computer Science…   STARS Corps involvement was a perfect match for the IT-oLogy Cyber Saturday.   STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service) mission is to increase the participation of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities in computing disciplines through multi-faceted programs focusing on the influx and the progression of students from middle school through graduate school in programs that lead to computing careers.

Middle school students were introduced to HTML and CSS as they created their own web pages.   Winthrop STARS students led the teaching and provided support throughout the session.   Time went quickly and many students stayed after the session to continue their learning with the support of the STARS students.

The next Middle School Cyber Saturday at Winthrop University is scheduled for April 5th from 9 am – 12 pm.  For more information, contact Kay Read, [email protected]


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