K-12 Education

Faculty members and students in the Department of Computer and Information Science lead robotics and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities through workshops and presentations in the Crawford Central schools. Additionally, students and faculty sponsor public events featuring hands-on interactions with cutting-edge mathematics, computer technology, and introductory concepts in computer science.

The robotics outreach introduces elementary school students to problem solving and computational thinking through interaction with robots. Some of these events include:

  • Giving robotics-based presentations and demonstrations to the 6th graders in the First District Elementary School
  • Teaching a robotics class in the Second District Elementary School designed to reinforce concepts in the kindergarten mathematics curriculum
  • Organizing interactive robotics sessions that encourage family-friendly reading and mathematical and scientific literacy

The STEM outreach introduces elementary, middle-, and high-school students and teachers to the enthralling field of computer science. Some of these events include:

  • Developing and deploying mobile apps for use by elementary and middle school students participating in Creek Connections
  • Using the Scratch programming language to interactively teach computer-based geometry to Cochranton Elementary School students
  • Advising middle- and high-school teachers in the selection of textbooks and the development of classroom activities for technology-related courses
Robot Demonstration