Summer Camp: Game and Mobile Application Programming for High School Students

Another iteration of our popular camp series

Camp Description: Ready to have some fun programming?  Let’s create games and applications using Android, Alice, Code Combat, HTML5, Windows, Processing, Python and Java.  We will explore different programming languages and build games throughout this week long camp. Come join us this summer at the University of Montana for game programming!

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Dates: Aug 1st through Aug 5th from 9 am – 12 pm

Age Range: 9th grade through 12th grade

Contact: michael.cassens@mso.umt.edu

Phone: 406-370-1684

Price $185

 

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Summer camp: Game and Mobile Application Programming for Middle School Students

Another iteration of our popular Camp series

[UPDATE 4/17: that camp is closed for new applications; all spots have been filled]

Camp Description: Interested in learning more about your computer, how to program games and mobile applications? Spend a week this summer with experts in the Computer Science Department at the University of Montana creating interactive apps and games for phones, tablets and more. Explore the world of computer programming and discover the exciting possibilities of this ever evolving technology.

Dates: July 25th – July 29th from 9 am – 4 pm

Age Range: 5th grade through 8th grade

Contact: michael.cassens@mso.umt.edu

Phone: 406-370-1684

Price $225

[UPDATE 4/17: that camp is closed for new applications; all spots have been filled]

Computer Science Lecturer Michael Cassens Wins Teaching Award

Michael Cassens was awarded the David B. Friend Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is given to “recognize excellence in teaching by non-tenure-track faculty members teaching our introductory courses.” The award is competitively awarded for superior teaching at the fundamental (100-200) levels of the curriculum, student advising and mentoring (especially at the undergraduate level), and accessibility to students beyond normal office hours.

Michael has an impeccable record of superior teaching at the 100-200 levels over a twenty year period at UM. His teaching evaluations are consistently outstanding. He has created over a dozen courses for our department, many at the introductory level. We greatly appreciate his student advising activities, which result Cassens Michael 2013in consistent compliments from the student body.

Michael developed and launched an incredibly successful summer programming camp for middle- and high-school students that has filled to capacity since it’s 2012 inception, bringing computational experience to a broader community segment and driving a recruitment channel for UM and computer science. He has also been instrumental in our efforts to increase the number of women in computer science.

Congratulations to Michael on his selection for the award, and thanks to him from all of us for earning it!

Seeley Swan High learns about computer science

On December 7th the junior and senior classes at Seeley Swan High in Seeley Lake were joined by faculty member Rob Smith, who gave an interactive presentation about computer science.

According to Dr. Smith, students typically don’t realize just how wide a field computer science is, nor how knowing computer science can extend capabilities in other fields.

The students–who had never written a program before–“wrote” their first program by using their bodies (with arms as “flags”) to encode states and iterate through possibilities to find a solution to a data science problem.

Students were surprised to learn of the many computer science job opportunities in Montana, as well as the relevance of computer science to their intended careers.

Computer science graduate student wins UM fall startup pitch

Montana is the number one state for startups two years running, according to the Kaufman group, which analyzes a variety of economic factors in determining the ranking. Are students are among the states’ entrepreneurs.

Evin Ozer, a master’s student in the University of Montana computer science department, won 2015’s annual University of Montana fall startup pitch competition held Dec 14th. The competition was stiff, with 14 other competitors. Ozer is a co-founder of Montana Root Applications, the company behind Ozer’s winning pitch.

The product, called Solar Screen, an innovative approach to skin care. According to the company, “the Solar Screen App monitors the intensity of the sun and alerts you to UV changes via an easy to understand color changing icon.” We congratulate Evin on his winning and wish him luck with his app, which is available at http://solarscreen.co/ or the Google play store.

Second Annual CS Career Fair

The Computer Science department held the second annual CS Career Fair Thursday October 15th. Over 100 students visited with representatives of a dozen companies representing over 100 open positions in Montana. Students from 17 majors were present, showcasing the job prospects available for all students with CS skills. The fair was held in the University Center atrium.12

Arxan Cyber Security Scholarship

Arxan Technologies is a private cyber security company that provides application protection and anti-tamper solutions for a variety of defense and commercial software.

They are proud to be offering a $2,000 scholarship to one student each semester who can showcase their knowledge, passion, and dedication to advancements in field of cyber security.

Award Amount: $2,000

Number of Awards: 1 per semester

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: Sept. 30, 2015
  • Spring Semester: Jan. 31, 2016

Eligibility Requirements:
Student must be enrolled in one of the following programs:

  • Cyber Security
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Software Engineering

To apply, please visit arxan.com/scholarships/.

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