ESP had the privilege to participate in the Cheney Public School Career Rodeo in Cheney, WA. The purpose of the Rodeo was to encourage K-12 students to explore careers and to raise awareness about the importance of college and career opportunities. Students toured Snowdon Elementary School and visited various businesses that demonstrated career opportunities in fields such as law enforcement, healthcare, and personal finance.
ESP’s presentation showed students the available careers in computer science. Careers highlighted were: software developer, system administrator, and IT security. To demonstrate the integration of application programming and information technology we created a local server and two workstations to play the wildly popular video game Minecraft.
[Minecraft] enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. – Wikipedia
Many students stopped by our classroom to explore the possibility of pursuing a career in computing. Quite a few Minecraft fans made their way to our demonstration too. They were not only interested in getting some playing time but in learning about how important computer science is to building and supporting their favorite video game.
Swag was also part of our participation. We created custom decals promoting computer science based on the game with the slogan “dig deeper with computer science”. We also passed out our smiley face neoprene coasters.
We actually have a few decals left, if you are interested in putting one on these fun stickers on your favorite Pee Chee please drop us and email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More photos are available on our Flickr account.