CyberLaunch Academy and University of New Brunswick partnered with Garden Creek Elementary School to hold a two-hour technology workshop for students Friday.

UNB computer science students and CyberLaunch Academy’s instructors introduced the fourth graders to computer science and modern information technology.

Students wrote their first computer program using visual programming environment Tynker and applied their new skills by controlling a mini robot Finch. They also had the opportunity to experience virtual reality first-hand. Organized by CyberLaunch Academy, the workshop was part of the Hour of Code initiative, held in schools across the world Dec. 5 to the 11.

“As participants of the Hour of Code movement, we in CyberLaunch Academy believe that this event is an excellent opportunity to expose children to the world of modern computing and to start building the foundation for their life-long appreciation of computer science and science & technology in general,” says Natalia Stakhanova, president of CyberLaunch Academy and NB Innovation Research Chair in Cyber Security.

Computer science has become the defining field of the 21st century, yet most of people never learn it, and most schools don’t offer it. Hour of Code was created to introduce students to science and technology, engagine them at a young age.

Hour of Code unites more than 180 countries of the world with approximately 2,700 Canadian schools and other organizations participating.

Dr. Stakhanova, assistant professor in the faculty of computer science at UNB, created CyberLaunch with the support of the province through Opportunities New Brunswick. They work to increase access to cyber education and training from elementary to secondary – encouraging students to seek further training at New Brunswick universities.

Media contacts

  • Oleg Stakhanov, Executive Director, CyberLaunch Academy, 506-440-0759
  • Claire Geldart, Communications Assistant, University of New Brunswick