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Maryville University Gifts Chromebooks to Normandy ‘Men of Code’

BEL-NOR, Mo. – On Oct. 31, 2019, Maryville University donated nine Chromebooks to students who are part of Bel-Nor School’s after-school program, Men of Code.

Men of Code is a program for 7th and 8th grade students at Bel-Nor School in the Normandy Schools Collaborative. The program is designed to develop in-demand STEM skills through computer coding and teaches students critical problem solving skills and planning skills. Computer coding builds proficient skills in math, science, creativity and team work.

“This program opens their minds to a variety of possibilities, endeavors they can pursue,” said Passion Bragg, Bel-Nor School teacher and Men of Code founder. “These Chromebooks will allow the Men of Code students to continue their academic odyssey in computer coding. We want them to be able to discover the next best thing.”

Men of Code collaborates with Maryville University and GlobalHack to help students to receive hands-on exposure to computer programming, as well as mentorship.

“With the Chromebooks in their possession, these are things they can practice and go ahead with at home,” said Mara Berry, site coordinator at Maryville University. “This is about career awareness and career possibility. The hope is that this opens up possibilities that they never dreamed of.”