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PNNL Hosts Computing Day for HS Students

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More than 70 freshman, sophomores and teachers from Chiawana High School in Pasco descended on the PNNL campus in honor of Computer Science Education Week. The primary goal of this day-long event is to grow a more diverse STEM workforce pipeline by engaging students in activities related to a variety of careers in computing areas. Computing jobs are the number 1 source of new wages in the United States.

In Washington State alone, there are more than 23,600 open computer jobs. In one activity, students learned how to program a Raspberry Pi—not the kind you eat—equipped with motion sensors to detect a physical intrusion. The exercise teaches students about the integration of software and hardware.

Phil George (pictured above) and Marie Whyatt celebrate Computer Science Education Week with students from Pasco's Chiawana High School. Nearly 50 PNNL researchers were on hand to help celebrate Computer Science Education Week with students and teachers.

For more information, see Tri-City Herald story and KEPR News story.