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Latinos in Science Engineering and Science Experience

In partnership with the Latinos in Science program, Purdue K-12 Outreach devised an exploration of Python progamming designed to allow students to be creative through computer graphics.

Irvington Community Elementary CS Day

Purdue ROCS spent a day exploring Scratch programming and basic mathematics with the students at Irvington Community Elementary in Indianapolis, IN.

CSWN Girl Scouts Event

Purdue K-12 Outreach partnered with the Computer Science Women's Network and Girl Scouts of America to bring fourth and fifth graders from the surrounding area to Purdue's West Lafayette campus for a day of exploration, programming and binary craft-making.

CS Education Week Programming Challenge

Students from across Indiana participated in our fourth programming challenge held in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week (December 5th - 11th, 2016). The students had one week to submit solutions to three programming problems designed by Phil Sands of the Computer Science department's K-12 Outreach program. For more information on this year's winners and the problems they were asked to solve, click here.

IBEA Conference

Working with teachers from across the state, CS Outreach designed several teacher training sessions that were presented at the Indiana Business Educators Association national conference in Indianapolis, IN. Outreach coordinator Phil Sands presented sessions on teaching introductory CS, using the new AP CS A labs, using iTunes data to teaching sorting and searching, and recruiting diverse student groups for computer science classrooms.

Computer Science Exploring

In partnership with the Learning for Life program, students were invited to a once monthly after-school program on campus in which they learned about programming through cryptography, Big Data, simulation and modeling, and web development. The goal was to allow students to explore CS as a possible future career path and learn from experts in the field.

CS 180 HS (AP CS A)

Outreach coordinator Phil Sands and CS professor Debbie Perouli offered a free online version of the first Purdue programming course aimed at high school students and teachers. The program mirrors the topics in the first Java programming course at Purdue while also coaching students with regard to the AP Computer Science A exam offered to high school students through the College Board. This course is now offered through edX and is running in four distinct modules. For more information, please see our official course page.

Mentors for Aspiring Girls in Computing

Purdue CS Outreach created a mentoring service organization (MAGIC) with enthusiastic female computer science students in an effort to get high school aged young women interested in computing career paths. Partnering with four high schools, Purdue students met during after-school club meetings and taught students about programming through a variety of themes including generative art, games, artificial intelligence, app development, and security.

Indiana CSTA Teacher Workshop

For three days in July 2016, the CS Department at Purdue offered a free professional development focused on AP CS Principles, teacher communities of practice, and the use of Purdue hardware in K-12 classrooms. Thirteen teachers from across Indiana and Chicago joined us on campus for the residential sessions.

CSTA Teaching Data Workshop

Indiana teachers were invited to campus to learn about how to incorporate data-driven instruction into their computer science classrooms. Instruction was led by Pat Phillips of CSTA and included a discussion of using R studio to manipulate large data sets.

St Lawrence Elementary Computer Science Club

For six weeks, students that signed up for St Lawrence Elementary's Computer Science club were able to learn about the essentials of programming using Scratch to build a simple game. Kids learned about variables, loops, conditionals, and events while applying basic math to move animated figure around the screen.

Smoky Row Elementary Computer Science Week

During Smoky Row Elementary's weekly computer lab time, Purdue's ROCS student group provided a variety of activities including programming in Scratch and learning to give good instructions in a robots-based CS Unplugged activity.

4H Engineering Day

During an event organized by Purdue's Agriculture Department, CS Outreach hosted 18 4H students for a two-hour session in which they were able to create their own app using MIT's App Inventor software. The students created a simple xylophone, ported it over to a Kindle Fire for testing, and then engaged in an algorithm planning session for an app that would convert decimal numbers to binary.

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Last Updated: Jul 12, 2017 2:00 PM

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