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Nearly 200 4th-6th Graders to Visit Campus April 13 to Learn About Technology

Students from LCWM Elementary School to cap year-long study of computer programming.

2015-04-07
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-7-2015

Mankato, Minn. – More than 180 students in the 4th through 6th grades at Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Elementary School in Lake Crystal, Minn., are coming to the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 13 to learn more about computer programming and cap off their year-long study of technology curriculum on www.code.org.

The elementary school students were introduced to programming principles early in the fall semester, and the campus visit is intended to further their interest in technology. While at Minnesota State Mankato, the 4th-6th grade students will have the opportunity to interact with students from the University’s Department of Computer Information Science. Among the planned activities is demonstration of a game developed for use on an Ipad by a Minnesota State Mankato student.

(NOTE TO MEDIA: The event will take place in Centennial Student Union, room 253. Students will be presented with certificates at 12:30 p.m. Media should arrange to take photos or conduct interviews in advance by contacting Mike Wells, professor in the Department of Computer Information Science at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-6659 or by email at michael.wells@mnsu.edu.)

The collaboration between Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Computer Information Science and elementary and secondary teachers will continue during the summer.

A week-long, graduate-level computer science course, titled “In-Service in Computer Science” (IT 691), will run from June 22-26 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and is available to any interested elementary and secondary teachers. The course will assist teachers in setting up a self-paced computer science programming curriculum that can be used in classrooms next fall. (For more information, contact Mike Wells by phone at 507-389-6659 or by email at michael.wells@mnsu.edu).

Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minn., and Chuck Sherwood, vice president at Maverick Software Consulting in Mankato, Minn., have made generous donations for stipends to help offset tuition costs for teachers who take the summer course and implement programming curriculum into their classrooms.

The Department of Computer Information Science is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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