School may be out for the summer, but some Laveen students are continuing their learning by participating in local educational programs.

Over 70 students from the Laveen Elementary School District visited Arizona State University’s Tempe campus in June to participate in The Secret Code of Business.

This day long coding workshop was hosted by the Department of Information Systems within ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Its goal is to inspire junior high students to consider pursuing STEM degrees and future careers in computer information systems or business data analytics.

Following a tour of campus, students participated in computer-based data games. Playing these animated games creates data which students then analyze. Using math and statistics concepts helps students improve game play. To reach the higher levels students must be able to understand the data and mathematical concepts.

During the working lunch, participants learned about the responsible use of technology. Then, they participated in an “Hour of Code” where they executed computer code by following animated instruction modules.

In addition to computer coding, students were also introduced to data analysis and other important business concepts such as teamwork and group business presentation. It was facilitated by current W. P. Carey School of Business undergraduate students majoring in Computer Information Systems or Business Data Analytics.

Laveen students made up the majority of attendees – 73 of the 86 students that participated were from Laveen’s seven schools.

Visit the W.P Carey blog to read more about this program.