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UF-TYPE Codeathon Brings Computer Science to Students

A codeathon on April 15 hosted by UF-TYPE (Teaching Youth Programming Essentials), a student-run organization at the University of Florida Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), brought students from Gainesville-area middle and high schools together to spend the day coding.

About 40 students attended the event and participated in several coding-related activities ranging from workshops covering games, websites and robots, to a special-made escape room for the students to solve.

“We hope that this experience helped students get excited about programming and learning to code,” said Annie Luc, a UF-TYPE officer.

Thanks to recent funding UF-TYPE received from Google igniteCS, the group was able to raffle off several prizes, including an Amazon Echo Dot, an Amazon Fire Tablet, a 3-D doodle pen, a Bluetooth speaker and a Makey Makey.

About 10 student volunteers from CISE attended, along with the group’s adviser, Rong Zhang. Luc said the group hopes to hold this event annually.