Last week, more than 300 high school students attended the Make The Future Java Workshop at Oracle headquarters in California. Students aged 13 to 18 got an introduction to programming using Alice and Greenfoot, educational software programs designed to make learning programming easy and fun using animation. Professors from the University of Kent and Carnegie Mellon taught workshops with interactive exercises and group projects. More than 50 Oracle employees volunteered and provided hands-on support at the event.
At the end of the two day workshops, students shared their final projects and were given awards. You can view project videos on Youtube's Java Channel and pictures on Facebook/IloveJava. Students left with Make the Future Java stickers, posters, and a basic understanding of programming in an object-oriented language.
Oracle has teamed up with Carnegie Mellon’s Alice program and University of Kent’s Greenfoot initiative to deepen student interest in computer science and Java. "As the steward of Java, Oracle is committed both to the investment in Java technology and in creative ways to educate a new generation about Java and the opportunities it brings," said Alison Derbenwick-Miller, VP of Oracle Academy. The next generation of future technologists and innovators have been given a great start with the Make The Future Java Workshop. For more information on how you can Make the Future Java, visit the Oracle's Make the Future Java website.