ISU Computer Science Outreach
Our K-12 outreach program focuses on teaching K-12 kids Computational Thinking. Computational Thinking is a critical thinking skill that, according to some, is a required skill for success in the 21st century. This article from Jeanette Wing of Carnegie Mellon University describes what computational thinking encompasses. For most students, exposure to computational thinking as a problem solving tool comes late, or not at all. Since Fall 2010, the ISU Computer Science Department has been making efforts to change this in Iowa K-12 schools with a series of events and workshops designed to help K-12 educators, parents and students learn about computational thinking. We also participate in Science Bound, OPPTAG, WISE programs on ISU campus.
- Annual Computational Thinking Competition
- Adventure into Computing workshops in Pearson Hall, ISU
- Mini Adventure into Computing Workshops at requested schools and public libraries
Held in the Pearson Hall Computer Labs on campus, the free workshops offer children an opportunity to learn basic computing concepts and programming techniques, and to have fun with hands-on activities. Parents and teachers are encouraged to participate! More information about the content of the workshops is available by through the above link.
K-12 outreach faculty: Wallapak Tavanapong, Soma Chaudhuri, Yan-Bin Jia, Lu Ruan, Simanta Mitra, & Dossay Oryspayev
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