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CS Education Week Programming Challenge

Students from across Indiana participated in our sixth programming challenge held in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week (December 3rd - 9th, 2018). 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.

Code with the Kids

Lafayette-area parents brought a kid for a new kind of paired activity. Working together, families worked through a series of coding puzzles and built simple applications using the Scratch programming language. This event will be run each semester on Purdue's campus.

Slumber at the Speedway

In partnership with the Girl Scouts of America, Purdue celebrated women in STEM at the second annual Slumber at the Speedway event. The ROCS and MAGIC teams engaged the attendees with puzzles, coding activities, CS magic tricks, and our NAO Robot. 


Purdue undergraduate computer science students hosted high school students from around Indiana in our third annual hackathon. K-12 learners spent an entire day building projects with the help and mentoring of Purdue CS students. Prizes were awarded to the best teams in attendance.

CoderDojo @ The Anvil

Purdue ROCS students work monthly at the CoderDojo chapter at the Anvil makerspace on Purdue's campus. This chapter was started by a local seventh grade student and supports middle school aged kids as they learn how to code.

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.

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.

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.

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2019 9:49 AM

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