WHAT: West Virginia University will host nearly 50 high school students for the inaugural Governor’s Computer Science Institute, encouraging the exploration of computer science and the vast opportunities in the computing field among rising sophomores and juniors.
This is the newest of the Governor’s School programs, which will be overseen by the WVU Center for Excellence in STEM Education.
WHEN: June 18-24
WHERE: Various locations, WVU Morgantown Campus
WHO: Rising 10th and 11th grade students from counties across West Virginia will join WVU faculty, staff, high school teachers and college students. CE-STEM Director Gay Stewart along with Morgantown High School teachers Bill and Gretchen Gibson will oversee and manage the programming and curriculum.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Members of the media who are interested in seeing the Governor’s Computer Science Institute in action and interviewing program directors and students can visit Honors Hall, located at 250 2nd Street, Morgantown, from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, June 22. Upon arrival, please call or text Bill Gibson at 304-685-8318.
NOTES: Participating students will study and research different branches of computer science based on their interests and skillsets, which include learning about artificial intelligence, geographic information systems, gaming development, robotics, microprocessors and coding.
To enrich the experience and help create lifelong memories and connections, students will stay in residence halls, live with college students who will serve as their 24/7 mentors and participate in events around Morgantown.
“This new program is an incredible opportunity to excite West Virginia students about the endless high-paying career options in the computing field,” Stewart said. “There are currently 814 open computing jobs with an average salary of $75,109 in West Virginia alone and not all require a college degree. These jobs are the number one source of new wages in the U.S., driving job growth, economic prosperity and innovation.
“We hope our experiential programming, data analysis, visualization techniques, guest lectures and fun interactions on and off campus will pique students’ interest in the computer science field, personally and professionally.”
PARKING: Short-term paid parking is available at the University Place Garage on University Avenue across the street from University Place entering on Third Street. Short-term paid parking is available in Lot 5 at First Street and Grant Avenue. Metered street parking may also be available.
MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Farmer
Communications Director and Marketing Strategist
WVU Office of the Provost
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