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There are many ways you can be involved in the OutreachMAD projects.
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North Elementary Computer Club 

Since 2012, Dr. Kesar has been volunteering to conduct a computer club at the North Elementary School in Cedar City, Utah. The club's goal is to create a fun and creative curriculum with hands-on activities for elementary children in 2nd to 5th grade. Recently, Dr. Kesar received a three year grant from Iron County School district to create a fourteen week computer club instead of a six week one. This also includes two undergraduate internships, which is a great opportunity for Southern Utah University students to receive experiential learning in improving teamwork, communication skills, leadership qualities, and real world experience.  

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As part of our outreach projects, we also host webinars on various topics ranging from women in tech to the importance of increasing awareness about computing education and career. These webenars include students, industry members, academics, and community members. 

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CSIS 1100 - Outreach Computing Projects 1 Credit(s)

This course will provide an opportunity for students to participate and engage in various computing projects. These industry- and university-sponsored projects are carefully designed to increase awareness about education and career computing skills. These skills lead the way for innovative solutions to long-standing problems at national and local levels that are at a high demand by virtually every industry. This one-credit course can be taken by students a maximum of three times. (Fall, Spring, Summer) [Pass/Fail] Repeatable? Yes

- Total Credits: 3 Registration Restriction(s): None

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Southern Utah Girls in Tech (SUGIT)

Southern Utah Girls in Technology (SUGIT), provides hands-on technology activities for high school girls. The activities are specially designed with curriculum to engage and teach high school girls about technology opportunities in education and career. This program leverages

on the success of SUAIC. It provides high school girls with hands-on activities and increases awareness about education and career opportunities in computing. The girls also meet and work with people in the industry, giving them other valuable connections and resources. Workshops and panels sessions include cybersecurity, leadership, coding, career opportunities, networking opportunities, Linux, Artificial Intelligence, etc.


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Southern Utah NCWIT Aspirations- also know as SUAIC

is part of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a national coalition of over 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, and government agencies. There are 80 regional Aspirations programs (southern Utah being one of them). Every regional Aspirations in Computing includes an online competition and an award ceremony hosted by the regional affiliate. It targets high school girls from 9th-12th grade. The winners are selected (blind review) based on their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. All the applicants are also eligible to compete at a national level.  The NCWIT Aspirations provide a phenomenal network for technical women in computing and engineering who receive benefits such as private invitations to virtual and in-person meetups, visibility for technical achievements, computing outreach opportunities, hands-on activities for exploring computer science concepts, exclusive access to scholarships, internships, job opportunities, and more.

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