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Vail Week of Code Creating a community of computational thinkers

Welcome to the Vail School District hub for our celebration of the 2018 Computer Science Education Week. Check back for more information about the our first Computer Science Night, our district-wide hackathon competition, and much more!

Computer Science Night

Monday, December 3rd

5:30 - 7:30

Vail Innovation Center

10775 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ 85747

All computer science activities are completely free!

*Food trucks not included ;)

Come explore some of the ways that students throughout the district are exploring computer science. Here are just a few of the things you will see:

  • MBots: students at the Vail Innovation Center, Old Vail Middle School, and Esmond Station have spent time learning to code and controlling MBots.
  • Arduino: Students at Vail Innovation Center are currently using virtual tools to learn more about upcoming projects they will create using Arduino computers.
  • Makey Makey: Students throughout the district have gotten the chance to play with, explore, and learn using Makey Makeys
  • Code HS: Students at Esmond Station and Old Vail Middle School have learned text based coding using Code HS. At OVMS over 400 students will learn to code this year using this program.
  • OVMS Hawk Tech:┬áSee some of the awesome projects students at Old Vail Middle School have been working on including a Raspberry Pi alarm system, a gigglebot, CodeHS, and more!
  • Hour of Code: Hour of Code, made popular by Code.org has made its way into every school in the district and continues to provide a fun and exciting entry point into coding for many students.
  • Boxerbots: The BoxerBots are a team comprised of students from all of the high schools in the Vail School District, hosted by the Vail Academy and High School and sponsored by CATERPILLAR, Inc. We take students from grades 8 through 12, in accordance with the FIRST guidelines. They will be here to share information, and demonstrate what some of their competition robots can do.

Learn more about some of the exciting opportunities available to students who choose computer science as their career path:

  • University of Arizona Optics Club/SOCk Outreach

Computer science in the real world:

  • Cyber Security/Arizona Cyber Warfare Range: Jerry Keely, Chief Information Security Officer for Pinal County, will be on hand to share information about cyber security and the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range. The Arizona Cyber Warfare Range is a live fire cyber warfare range created to augment the current cyber security resources in Arizona and drive innovation in cyber security techniques, technologies, and training across the United States.

More fun for the whole family:

  • 5 and Under Room: A supervised room will be available for children age 1 to 5 for kids to explore age appropriate computer science activities while parents enjoy the activities with older children.
  • Food trucks!

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