Computer science and web development

Dates: July 20-31, 2015

Cost: $700

Some might call us nerds or geeks. They may be right, but we are also wizards. We write complicated spells in languages held universally true. We spend hours in front of our digital grimoires carefully crafting large sets of mystic words and symbols to accomplish amazing feats. We test them extensively at each stage of the development process (and add semicolons where needed) until we develop the perfect tool, the perfect incantation, to solve the world’s problems. The keyboard is mightier than the sword, and from behind the scenes we use ours to benefit mankind.


Computer science is essentially wizardry, and it is just as important as real wizardry. This module will help you learn the basics of computer hardware (using Raspberry Pis), networking (setting up local networks and basic websites), and web-based programming (with Javascript, HTML, and CSS). After learning the basics and completing a few simple tasks, we will focus on whatever the group is interested in, whether that is making video games or websites or hardware interfaces or all of the above and more. No prior experience is required, but you should feel decently comfortable around computers and know how to treat them (and your peers) well.

Instructors

Noah Betzen

Noah is currently a fourth-year computer science student at UAF.  In his time at UAF, Noah has been very active both in and out of class. He is a member of the UAF Ambassador Program, has competed as a member of UAF's NASA Lunabotics Robotic Mining Competition team, and has worked for both UAF's Arctic Region Supercomputing Center and Office of Information Technology. Noah is a three-time ASRA alumni, and loves ASRA and its mission. He has taught his own robotics module during the ASRA middle school program and has also acted as the ASRA Saturday Thing supervisor. This will be Noah's third time working as an ASRA instructor. He hopes that ASRA continues to be a part of his life for many years to come.
 

Baxter Bond

Baxter comes from Tununak, a village with a population of about 350 people and is located on the coast of Southwest Alaska.  He graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School and has been a part of ASRA since 2008. He has participated in several ASRA modules, including Extreme Photography, Robotics, and Earth and Space Science. He was an intern for the Smart Circuits module in 2012, and an assistant instructor for that module in 2013 and 2014. Currently, Baxter is pursuing two degrees at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Yup'ik. "Bax" has plenty of interests, including computer programming, hunting, fishing, basketball, and photography.  He is always eager to learn and teach!

Student Intern

Jasper Holton

Jasper Holton was born and raised in Fairbanks and is a student at West Valley High School. He has been involved with robotics since he was seven years old. He has participated in the ASRA Jr. and ASRA robotics modules for several years. He keeps himself busy with skiing, running, and science. Jasper greatly enjoys programming and robotics, and is a developer for both Apple and Android. His other interests include computer science, mechanical engineering, mathematics and explosives. Jasper hopes to make ASRA more interesting and challenging for students this summer, and hopes to open their eyes to how amazing the world of robotics and computer science really is.

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