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June 2013

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JMU Hosts 7th Annual CyberCity

Sponsored by JMU's College of Business, CyberCity is designed to introduce 8th, 9th, and 10th graders to potential careers in the field of computer information systems. The event took place June 19-22 in Zane Showker Hall.

The program targets students who may not consider college or a career in technology as a real possibility due to economic or family situations. The goal is to help attract a more diverse group of students to a career in STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math.

Teachers accompanied students and attended separate workshops highlighting ways they can incorporate technology into their curricula. Forty students and twenty teachers attend the yearly event. Students stay in dorms on campus, and enjoy meals at the dining halls. The students also learned about business fundamentals, business ethics, and business etiquette.

CyberCity's topics and hands-on activities for 2013 were presented by JMU professors, alumni, students and business leaders. New topics this year included:

  • Introduction to Reverse Engineering
  • Creating Android Apps
  • Spot a Fake, Card Security
  • Lego Robotics
  • Robotics in the Classroom

Program Co-director Dr. Harry Reif says, "We are delighted to again offer the CyberCity experience to interested students. This experience gives students hands-on exposure to the latest in technology. For many students, this will be their first visit to a college campus. We hope that CyberCity will have a lasting impact on the participants." 

CyberCity Awards Won:

2012: Finalist, Governo's Technology Award

2010: Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology President's Diversity Award

2008: Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Award


Click here to view photos from the event, and click here to see a clip from WHSV.