Upsilon Pi Epsilon hosts annual Interactive Coding Experience

Students work diligently at a bank of computers with large TV monitors looming overhead.

UPE is the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Discipline and is part of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Their annual Interactive Coding Experience is a key outreach event that benefits local middle school students. Photo courtesy of Dale Musser.

The Mizzou chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) held its annual Interactive Coding Experience for young students on Nov. 18 on the campus of the University of Missouri.

UPE is the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Discipline and is part of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Their annual Interactive Coding Experience is a key outreach event that benefits local middle school students.

“The Interactive Coding Experience is to give students an opportunity to get a first experience programming and to learn about computer science and software engineering,” said Dale Musser, EECS associate teaching professor.

Musser gave students a presentation on the latest technologies and career opportunities in the field, and student UPE members spent the rest of the event instructing students on how to use Python programming language and additional coding techniques.

Participants had the opportunity to compete to decode a hex-encoded message. Nirandra Sivakumar won the competition, earning a Sphero SPRK+ robot donated by Veterans United.

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