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CIS Hosts Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial

200 students from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial visited campus on Monday, hosted by the Comptuer and Information Science department.


"We've all heard of Google!" shouted students during yesterday's CIS event with Lake Crystal Wellcome elementary school. 

On Monday, April 13th, the Computer and Information Sciences department was pleased to host the Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial event, planned by Michael Wells. 200 4th, 5th, and 6th graders came to visit the Minnesota State Mankato campus on Monday. These students from Lake Crystal have been working with the site over the last year, integrating computer coding into the elementary classroom. 

This event was the culmination of that program. Elementary students came to Minnesota State Mankato to take a tour, meet CIS students, and learn about Game Development coursework, playing games made by Minnesota State Mankato students. 

According to 5th grade teacher Karla Caldwell, kids who don't excel in other areas often excel here. Her students began working in last spring in a media class, and they loved it so much many wanted to continue into the summer. Many of her students did and continue to work on coding not only in school but at home.

Dr. Guarionex Salivia and his Special Topics: Game Development class presented three iPad games to LCWM students: Buff Baby, Super T, and Sam's Adventure. Buff Baby is a game in which the character must avoid objects. In Super T, a T-Cell fights viruses. In Sam's Adventure, there is an egg on an exploding island, and it must avoid falling rocks by matching geometric figures to break them. Students from the Game Development class came around to talk about their process and share the games with the elementary schoolers. The elementary schoolers were also welcome to come up to the front and see the code for each game with Dr. Salivia. 

Attendees also got to learn more about exactly what it means to be a college student. CIS upperclassmen answered questions ranging from what they get out of internships to what life is like living in the dorms.


This summer, the dpeartment will offer a class for teachers to set up their classroom utilizing programming curriculum (IT691) from June 22-26, 2015. Contact Michael Wells for additional details. 

This event received funding from Thomson Reuters and VP of Maverick Software Consulting, Chuck Sherwood. 


For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

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