What student organizations want freshmen to know

Central quad was overflowing with students at Megafair Wednesday night.Kode2Learn at Megafair Kode2Learn was one of several student                      
organizations at Megafair

As a student, the options for extracurricular involved can be overwhelming, and if you are trying to figure out which organization you would like to visit when three of them are all meeting at the same time on the same night, here are what board members of just six of the CEC organizations have to say:

  • “People should join Girls Who Code because it is an organization that teaches not only girls but boys too how to code. You’re going to have an impact on these kids because this might be their only exposure to coding until they get to college and it will get the girls comfortable being in the field. It’s not just for boys.” Girls Who Code (First meeting on 9/5 at 6pm in Benton 114)
  • “Communities reach out to us and we respond and try to help them with their infrastructure and basic needs. We do some service projects—we’ve done some in Rwanda and Uganda—and we do local projects like the local farm project.” Engineers Without Borders (First meeting on 9/5 at 7pm in Benton 115)Shaved ice was free for students at Megafair Magafair offered free live entertainment and          
    shaved ice to the students who attended
  • “We’re the umbrella organization for all of the organizations in CEC and our goal is to improve retention and engagement of the CEC student body in extracurricular activities because businesses really value the experiences students can get in those clubs and it’s great for the development of the students.” Engineering & Computing Student Council (First meeting on 9/3 at 1pm in Benton 207)
  • “Kode2Learn is an organization that runs weekly after school coding clubs at five different elementary schools in the area for 3rd to 5th graders and we just teach them really simple problem solving and coding to get them interested in technology.” Kode2Learn (First meeting on 9/6 at 6pm in Benton 102)
  • “We get funding from ASG and disperse that funding amongst different projects that students want to see funded—hardware, firmware, and software. Some previous projects we’ve done include an electric Piano, a Gameboy and an arcade machine.” IEEE (First meeting on 9/5 at 6pm in EGB 267)
  • “Someone should join SWE if they are interested in professional and academic development, as well as the opportunity to have social and community opportunities.” Society of Women Engineers (First meeting on 9/6 at 7:30pm in)

By Paige Smith