Do you feel like there is a lack of available outreach opportunities related to computer science and engineering? The members of the CS Education Club are working to change that!
Listed below are all of the exciting projects we are working on this semester. We hope to see you there!
- Speaker Sessions
- What it is: We will be bringing in professors and teaching faculty from the CSEE department to our general body meetings. We want to give students the opportunity to ask the faculty questions about anything ranging from how they ended up in their position, what makes them an effective teacher, what research they are involved in, etc. This will be a great opportunity for those interested in teaching/academia to come hear what it is like once you are in an academic position in CS.
- When: Our meetings are biweekly on Mondays from 12-12:50PM in ITE 227.
- Contact: Gaby Salib (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and possible volunteer opportunities.
- High School Visits
- What it is: While access to computer science education is growing, many students who enjoy coding do not see computer science as a future career option. The high school visiting program is a bi-weekly commitment where UMBC students visit or skype a Maryland high school, and present the many opportunities offered by a career in computer science. High school students have the opportunity to ask questions and talk one-on-one about college plans and class/major decisions with UMBC students.
- Commitment level: Anywhere from one hour to an entire school day, and visits will be scheduled according to the availability of UMBC students and high schools.
- Contact: Caroline Kery (email@example.com) for more information and possible volunteer opportunities.
- Film Screening
- What it is: The CS Education Club is screening the film "CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap" this semester to open up a discussion of the gender diversity issue in STEM fields. We will screen the film and discuss several topics afterward. We hope that people who come will leave with more of a sense of this issue and what they can do to help bridge the gender gap.
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- Contact: Michael Neary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Creative Coders
- What it is: Ever think about what it would be like if you were introduced to computer science concepts, like abstraction, at a younger age? This program is designed to give middle school students a head start by teaching them the fundamentals of computer science through a fun, game-building project. To accomplish this goal, each student is assigned a mentor from UMBC who works with them to complete their project using Scratch.
- Commitment level: Up to you! This semester, mentors will have less of a time commitment, but they will commit 4 hours per week next semester. There are other positions available that will require different levels of commitment! Email us to find out more.
- Contact: Max Poole (email@example.com) or Stephanie Milani (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and volunteer opportunities.