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March 21, 2018

Computing students, faculty participate in national conference

Two Northwest Missouri State University students traveled recently to Baltimore to attend a premier international conference on computer science education.

Darion Higgins, a senior computer science major from Shenandoah, Iowa, and Gavin Ragland, a senior computer science major from Fairbury, Nebraska, were selected to attend the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education as recipients of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) and their activities in the S-STEM community. 

The symposium was part of ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference Feb. 21-24. As the premier event in computer science education, SIGCSE attracts more than 1,000 computer science educators and students from across the United States. Higgins and Ragland served as conference volunteers, supporting the conference and working with other students from throughout the nation.

S-STEM scholars attend regular meetings, work with industry mentors, and are active in a variety of computer science initiatives. The NSF S-STEM program at Northwest is supported by faculty in Northwest’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems, consisting of Dr. Scott Bell, Dr. Carol Spradling, Dr. Michael Rogers, Dr. Ajay Bandi and Dr. Denise Case.

Additionally, Rogers presented a workshop, titled “Micro:bit Magic: Engaging K-12, CS1/2, and non-majors with ioT” with Washington University’s Dr. Bill Siever.

Case and Dr. Doug Hawley, associate professor of computer science and information systems at Northwest, presented a workshop, titled “Chrome Home: Six Fun Activities Introducing Basic Web Programming Techniques,” which led educators through six Canvas lessons for getting started with web development.


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215