CyberCity Helps Students Think Bigger

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- Some young students get a fresh perspective on technology. This is the seventh year James Madison University hosted the event called CyberCity.

Teachers wanted to present a new understanding of technology. They also wanted students to give higher education a chance.

Students all across the valley didn't just sit in a class room and listen to a lecture. They also were taught to think outside of the box.

Matthew Huffman is one of the students taking part in CyberCity. He's just one wanting to learn more about what's out there.

"I think it's going to educate me in further technology, and it will help me in new and recent technology I haven't discovered."

Huffman is going to be a freshman in high school next year. That's the exact audience CyberCity wants to connect with.

"We bring them on campus and offer them an opportunity to have a lot of hands on opportunities to learn about technology and how we use it at JMU. How we teach it at JMU. But what also what it takes to be a college student," said JMU professor Dr. Harry Reif.

One of the workshops involved robotic Lego machines. It teaches the students how to make the robot move, by creating computer programs. Showing them how to do programs like this can boost their confidence about college.

"We want to show them, through experiences, hands on experiences that they get at JMU, that they can do technology. Show them that technology is fun," said Reif.

CyberCity wants to reach out to the students who aren't sure about going to college. Some may even want to study engineering.

"I want to do that in college and graduate with a master's," said Huffman.

The program has received many awards and students even got a taste of the college experience by living on campus.

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