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MU student organization hosts Interactive Coding Experience for middle schoolers

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The Mizzou chapter of the computer science honor society Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) hosted an Interactive Coding event on Nov. 8 and 9, with 50 attendees. Photo by Katie Bell.

The Mizzou chapter of the computer science honor society Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) hosted an Interactive Coding Experience (ICE) Nov. 8 and 9 in Engineering Building West. The event was designed to give middle schoolers a hands-on, general introduction to coding.

The free event was at capacity, with 50 mid-Missouri students ranging in age from 5th to 8th grade split into two groups of 25 for the Saturday and Sunday sessions. The sessions began with a free lunch while Dale Musser, MU associate teaching professor of computer science and director of the college’s IT Program, gave a presentation about the basics of computer science. Musser held a fun interactive competition and gave out a prize to the winner on each day.

After lunch, the students had the opportunity to get hands-on experience in developing a video game using the free-to-download, game-creating software GameMaker: Studio. The students specifically worked on creating the game “Brick Breaker.”

According to UPE President Michael Rowden, the event was a success. “The kids really liked it, and we plan to continue in the future,” said Rowden.