CodeIT Day is a workshop designed for students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 where they are introduced to computer science in a fun, hands-on manner. During this day-long event, students use a drag and drop interface (a system allows students to select virtual objects by grabbing them and dragging them into a desired location) to program interactive software technologies such as Lego WeDo, Lego Pico, or Makey-Makey. After being taught a few basic computer science and logic concepts like sequential problem solving and iteration, students are paired into their own teams. Each team decides on a project, such as a video game or a controllable vehicle, then brainstorms and creates the physical device, a game controller or Lego car for example, and its code. At the end of the day, each team presents their final product to the larger group.

The first two CodeIT Day events were held at Clemson University in partnership with the Human-Centered Computing Division and the School of Computing Graduate Student Association. CodeIT Day 2017 will be held in Gainesville Florida at the University of Florida. Go Gators! Click here to see images from the CodeIT Day events!