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Argonne and CPS Bring Scientists and Students Together for Virtual STEM Events


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Credit: Argonne National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory marked the 2020 National Computer Science Education Week in December by hosting multiple virtual engagement events leading up to National Week of Coding and ending with researchers virtually visiting classrooms for National Hour of Code Week. Through the events, scientists at Argonne and DOE's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, as well as University of Chicago students, shared their amazing scientific interests and experiences with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students.

"By working with schools, we foster interest in STEM, while giving our world-renowned scientists the chance to share their knowledge and experiences with diverse groups of students," said Robyn Wheeler Grange, Argonne's Head of State, Local and Regional Public Affairs and Outreach.

Argonne collaborated with CPS and the Office of Computer Science for a number of virtual events in October and November to set the stage for National Computer Science Week and Hour of Code in December.

The partnership "provides students with an opportunity to better understand how computational thinking is applied across STEM domains and can be valuable in any career path," said OCS Project Coordinator Abril Vela. "The OCS is proud to . . . provide students with access to some of the country's top scientists, engineers, and computing power, in order to help further their understanding of the world around them."

In early fall, Argonne hosted a two-part, virtual seminar series for high school students, covering various computer science topics, from the field of computational biology to potential careers in cybersecurity research. "These events are focused on creating a multi-part pathway for students to expand their computing knowledge and interest in potential careers in computer science fields," said Argonne Education Outreach Lead Jessica Burgess.

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