Summer Coding Experience

Explore the world of computer science through fun, interactive python projects right here at New Mexico Tech! Wics@nmt will be hosting our very first Summer Coding Experience on 3-7 August 2020.

Up for something new this summer? Be part of our Summer Coding Experience where you’ll spend the week exploring the breadth of computer science through engaging projects using the python programming language.

We want YOUR input!

We are working on creating fun and engaging computing projects based in python, and we would like your input on which of these areas we should focus our work.

Possible Python Project Activities

  • Cybersecurity
  • Video Game Development
  • Machine Learning
  • Hardware Hacking – would involve an arduino
  • Visualization
  • Robotics

To vote for your favorite topics, simply click this link, enter your contact information, and select your topics of interest on the Google form.

WiCS | Cybersecurity Game Jam!!!

What is a game jam?

The term Game Jam is a way to describe the collaborative act of producing something with no prior preparation in an effort to develop new game material or simply to practice the art of coding. The goal is to come together and make a videogame with your friends and/or fellow students! Participants are encouraged to rapidly prototype game designs and inject new ideas to help inspire and grow the global game community. We will ask participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed amount of time (48 hours). The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking which results in small but innovative and experimental games.

What is the WiCS | Cybersecurity Game Jam?

This game jam brings together the NMT student community to work over a weekend to make video games. It is a unique opportunity for students to create, collaborate and practice their game-making skills, and we invite every one of any skill level to participate.

We rally around a central theme – Cybersecurity Awareness – and teams will have 48 hours to create a game. It’s our hope to see some interesting and experimental prototypes that you can continue to work on well after the jam has finished.

The Game Jam is hardware and software agnostic, and we encourage participants to try out new ideas and push themselves, within reason of course! We also strongly encourage participants to be aware of their mental and physical wellness during the event (to eat, sleep … and shower!), so that they can stay at their creative best!!!

Why Participate in the Game Jam?

Prizes!!! The Cybersecurity Centers have secured prizes for the top team in each of three categories – Cybersecurity, WiCS, & Crowd Favorite. In addition to prizes, teams designing games for Cybersecurity outreach and education might be eligible for funding to further develop and polish their game!

When is Game Jam?

The Game Jam will start at 6PM in Cramer 213 on 22 November 2019 and go for around 48 hours through 24 November 2019. Teams will show off their creations at 2PM on Sunday the 24th, with judging and awards following soon after. Pizza will be provided Friday and Saturday evenings, and snacks and drinks will be plentiful as well. Participants should feel free to come and go as they please during the Game Jam.

Sign Us Up!!!

Teams/Individuals interested in participating in the Game Jam please follow this link to register for the event.

Summer Python Prep Course

Hope everyone is having a great summer! Want to make your summer even more awesome? How about learning to code … in your pajamas!!!

Are you interested in learning more about computer science? Are you enrolled as a CSE major for fall 2019, but you don’t have any programming experience? Interested in computer science as a major? How about taking advantage of our summer Python course here at NMT! You can even register via distance … so you don’t even have to get out of your pjs (:

Our python course is designed to introduce programming and its applications to scientists and engineers. The first part of the course focuses on problem-solving, algorithm development, top-down design, modular programming, debugging, testing, data types, flow-control, looping, iteration and recursion, fundamental data structures, and an introduction to object-oriented programming. The second part of the class explores data analysis and game design with python!

Classes start this Monday, June 10 … so register today to lock in your spot! For more information contact Amy Knowles at amy.knowles@nmt.edu for more information.