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Dordt College provides computer science opportunities for high school students and community

December 2, 2013

Students from Western Christian, Unity Christian, and Sioux Center High School will be joining Dordt College students and faculty during Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) December 9 to 14.

Dordt College students in the Project Management class planned three activities to get students and community members interested in developing apps, writing code, and networking with people interested in the field.

The Android Development Workshop will be held on Monday, December 9, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for high school students. Run by Professors Jeff Ploegstra (biology), Kayt Frisch (engineering), Robbin Eppinga (biology), and John MacInnis (music), the workshop will focus on basic app development using the MIT App Inventor web-based software. The workshop is limited to 26 students.

Hour of Code will be Wednesday, December 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. for high school students. Led by Professor Kari Sandouka (computer science and business administration), this hour “is dedicated to demystifying code and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator,” Sandouka said. The national goal of CSEdWeek is to get at least 10 million students programming for one hour, and this event will contribute to that total.

Open House and Halo Tournament will be Saturday, December 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. for all community members interested in meeting people in the field and seeing student projects that have been completed for coursework, internships, or for fun. Foundational concepts in computer science are everywhere and this event will help breakdown stereotypical images of computer scientists.

To sign up for these events, please email Kari Sandouka at Applications will be accepted through Saturday, December 7. More information about CSEdWeek can be found at or

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