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Wyoming Computer Science Week Set for Dec. 5-10

December 1, 2016
Local students learn about coding and robotics as part of the Laramie Robotics Club.
Local students learn about coding and robotics as part of the Laramie Robotics Club.

The rapidly growing field of computer science will be the focus across the Cowboy State next week and the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at the University of Wyoming will play a prominent role as a program partner.
 
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) has announced that Dec. 5-10 will be designated as “Wyoming Computer Science Week” statewide. The week will begin with Gov. Matt Mead signing a proclamation for the event Dec. 5 at 1:45 p.m. in Cheyenne, Wyo.
 
Middle- and high-school students across the state are encouraged to register for the free “Exploring Computer Science” event scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 from 12:30-2:45 p.m. on the UW campus in Laramie. Activities planned include explorations in robotics and artificial intelligence; secret messages and coding; painting through coding; Raspberry Pi’s and Arduino devices; and using technology to keep plants alive.
 
Interested students must be in grades 6-12, and must register online at https://goo.gl/dKjxjy by Sunday, Dec. 4, to attend the event. Due to space constraints, the event will be capped at 100 students. Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by Monday, Dec. 5.
 
Student participants will receive free tickets to the UW men’s basketball game versus Montana at 4 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. Family members of the student participants can purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate of $19 for each adult and $11 for each child (aged 3-12). Details for purchasing the tickets will be provided in an e-mail informing the student of acceptance.
 
In addition, throughout the week, WDE has encouraged students and teachers in Wyoming classrooms to participate in “Hour of Coding” exercises. University officials have organized teams of UW faculty and students to visit K-12 schools to lead coding-related activities.  
                                                                                   
The CEAS will participate in the activities by sending teams of outreach volunteers to engage elementary-school students with hands-on activities in their classroom. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, one team will visit Hanna Elementary School in Hanna, Wyo., to host two hourlong coding activities with third- and fourth-graders and fifth- and sixth-graders. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, another team will host a coding activity for 32 Linford Elementary School students in Laramie.
 
For questions, email Bryan Shader, UW’s special assistant for research computing, at bshader@uwyo.edu.


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