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CPC - More Than Just One's and Zero's

Members of the computer programming club show students simple programs and hardware during National Computer Science Education Week.

Porter Ridge High has a new club on campus – the Computer Programming Club. The club began because several students were asking about a club where they could program with other students who understand and enjoy programming, as well as challenge each other to learn more (programming) languages. These students wanted to network and bounce ideas around.

“Computer Programming isn’t just one’s and zero’s,” Jeff Gordon explains. “It’s a tantalizing challenge before me. It is the world’s best strategy game, because you face new things every time. It is also my future, and a future I want to share. That’s the spirit behind our club. That is what CPC is all about.”

The students approached Mrs. Tawnee Bounds, the computer programming teacher who worked with the students to get the club started. The first meeting was November 19th and 18 students attended. Currently, the club has 25 members.

On December 13th & 14th they participated in National Computer Science Education Week through a lunchtime display of: an open server (just like the ones seen on TV show 24), an open desktop computer, interactive games written by PRHS students in vb.net, Windows 13 available for viewing, and students available for general computer questions and conversation.

The club goals include creating more challenging programs as a team, learning C# (in addition to visual basic), entering programming competitions, and educate & serve the PRHS community. Many have also expressed a desire to create apps and to be proactive with new technology.

In addition beginning January 19th, the club plans to begin offering free programming and general technology help to staff, students and our community. Members will be available from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., here at PRHS, one Saturday morning a month through May. It is open to anyone wanting to learn or need help programming, how to use technology or questions about a software application. As the club evolves they plan to develop a process that will help people choose an appropriate technology device best suited for their needs.

Meetings are after school in room E105C on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

Written by: Tawnee Bounds, CPC Sponsor; edited by April Dawkins
Posted: Jan 08, 2013 by April Dawkins

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