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High School Students to Compete in Programming and Game Development at Annual IUPUI Computer Science Day

Release Date: 
Mar 17 2014

INDIANAPOLIS— More than 125 high school students interested in pursuing one of the most in-demand careers in the country will compete in the 2014 Computer Science Day on Friday, March 21, at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The event is organized by the Department of Computer aand Information Science in the School of Science.

High school students at Computer Science Day
High school students competing at the 2011 Computer Science Day.

High school students will travel from as far away as Kalamazoo, Mich., to compete in one of three tracks:  game programming, advanced programming + problem solving, or intermediate programming + problem solving. The game programming track will allow students to build a game ready to play that day. The event reached capacity weeks in advance, an indication of high interest in the field.
 
“These young students are the future of the field, and events like Computer Science Day at IUPUI are significant in developing a deeper understanding of the complexities and delights of the industry,” said Shiaofen Fang, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Computer and Information Science Department at IUPUI.

Beyond the competition, students will be introduced to computer science professionals through an industry panel featuring local professionals discussing their backgrounds, work environments and the direction of Indiana’s technology industry. A keystone presentation will be delivered by Mike Gagle, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at Interactive Intelligence. High school teachers will also participate in training workshops during the student competition.
 
“Occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree in computer science are growing at more than 20 percent annually. It is a constant challenge to match the pace of the job creation in the field. It’s estimated there are three computer science jobs available for every one new graduate,” Fang said. “It’s important that programs like ours at IUPUI continue to train and educate people to fill these high-paying, high-demand positions.”
 
The daylong event will begin with registration at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 21, in the lower level of the IUPUI Campus Center followed by the competition during the morning session. The 2014 Computer Science Day is sponsored by Interactive Intelligence and GyanSys. For more information, visit science.iupui.edu/computerscienceday.
 
Media Note:
This event will serve as a snapshot into the computer science industry and its economic importance in Indiana and beyond. To arrange interviews with teachers, industry experts and students, please contact Candace Gwaltney with the School of Science at IUPUI at 317-274-0685 or cmgwaltn@iupui.edu.

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