Computer Science Education Week

April 23, 2013

For the third consecutive year, the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems hosted events for Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) on November 27 and December 10.  In 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives designated the week of Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday, December 9, as CSEdWeek.    Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was a pioneer in computer science, and one of her accomplishments was developing the COBOL programming language.

This year Matt Tennyson and Bradley students Brandon Casey (MIS), Nathan Clark (CS), Chance Dowds (MIS), Joey Dvorchak (CS), Sarah Fields (CS), Dakota Leonard (CS), and Kyle Silverthorn (CIS) facilitated activities.  Approximately 40 high school students from Peoria Christian and Limestone high schools visited Bradley's campus, while a contingent from Bradley visited Delavan High School.

A programming workshop, lunch, and tours were offered to the high school visitors.  In the workshop, students learned basic programming concepts by creating simple games and simulations for the PC using the Greenfoot development environment.  At Delavan, Mr. Tennyson presented information about computer science, CSEdWeek, and Bradley's computing-related programs to three separate groups of students, each consisting of about 20 students.  Ms. Fields and Mr. Dowds presented projects they had worked on during their time at Bradley.