Join us for our August Fellows Talk

Using Agriculture to Introduce Programming and Data Science to Students

August 24, 2022, 2-3 pm ET 

Presented by Dr. Brianna Posadas
Assistant Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

In an increasingly technical world, it is important that students learn the basics of computer science and data science. And while this need has increased, the resources to teach these skills are not equally dispersed in the United States. Furthermore, in many of the CS and data science curriculum, important cultural context is missing that may improve students ability to relate to the material and retain it. In this presentation, Dr. Posadas will discuss different programs that aim to bridge this gap including the Data Science for Public Good, which invites underrepresented minorities to Virginia Tech for the summer to work on agricultural related data science projects and the non-profit Katabasis who co-design programming games using an agricultural context to introduce young students in rural North Carolina to computer science basics.

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