BY AMANDA ALLER
For those students eager to get involved or interested in exploring the different areas of computer science, the Computer Science Club was officially chartered on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
The club has already gained momentum with roughly 10 to 15 active members and 60 members altogether.
“The goal of the club is to spread awareness of computer science within the community while building a network of diverse individuals who can thrive within it,” said Andrea Doucette, president and founder of the Computer Science Club. “In our world today, technology is everywhere. The majority of people have a smartphone or computer. It’s important to know how these devices work. The club serves to be a place of social gathering for students to come and collaborate on programming projects, bounce ideas off of one another, and to ultimately shape the future of tomorrow.”
Don Phelps, associate director of campus life, helped Doucette collect all the forms and information she needed to create the club.
“All of these forms are available on the CCM website so any students that want to start their own club can actually go onto the website and find those resources there,” Doucette said.
The first event the club will be hosting is called Python Day, which will take place on Tuesday, April 4, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Davidson Room C, in the Student Center.
Python is a programming language, and is a helpful language to know going into the workforce in computer science, according to Doucette. Python Day will be targeted toward introductory level teaching in Python programming.
Along with their upcoming event, Doucette said she feels like there was a real need on campus for the Computer Science Club.
“Before we had the Computer Science Club, you could meet with individuals in your classes and maybe come across another student who knew how to program, but having the club has really built a sense of community and created a more accessible way to build friendships and serve the community,” Doucette said. “I think that’s very powerful.”
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come to the coding meet ups on Fridays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., or to the official club meetings on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., which all take place in EH 206.