Computer Science Week

During the Computer Science Week, MASN, Missouri 4-H, and Missouri Chamber of Commerce will host interactive, short sessions for youth participants. At 4:00 PM daily, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce has arranged for individuals working in information technology to tell about their work, how they came to the career and future opportunity in those fields.

There will be an opportunity for programs, youth teams and individuals to earn prizes from MASN for their participation.

Computer Science Career Professionals

Sponsored by Missouri Chamber of Commerce

Register in advance for this meeting:

At 4:00 PM daily, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce has arranged for individuals working in information technology to tell about their work, how they came to the career and future opportunity in those fields.

Computer Science / tech week:

Monday, Dec. 7th – 4pm-5pm – Computer Programming – Cerner

Krystal Cunningham, Engineering Manager, Video Platform Cerner

Krystal is a software engineer by day, a yoga instructor by night, and a supporter of women in tech all the time. She has enjoyed every moment of her 16 years in the software healthcare industry where she has worked on various products ranging from Operational Reporting to Women’s Health/Maternity to most recently, delivering a Telehealth Video Visits experience for clients during the ongoing global pandemic.

During her free time, you can find Krystal flowing with her yogis, designing websites, eating noodles, and dancing with her former NFL cheerleader teammates.  Her favorite way to unwind is with a warm fire, cuddling next to her dog, and a horror movie!

Wednesday, Dec. 9th – 4pm-5pm – Network Administration

Jeremy Porter, Partner, Something LLC

Jeremy Porter worked with other community members to start a Community Information Network in the 1990s. Big River Community Network provided after-school computer lab access to area students, along with Internet access to the community. In 2000, Jeremy, along with his Business Partner Timothy Smith, started in Potosi, Missouri. In the last 20 years has grown to 3 regional offices, and is responsible for supporting over 1000 endpoints and dozens of client networks throughout Missouri and Arkansas.

Thursday, Dec. 10th – 4-5pm – Cyber Security – Cyber Up
Obadiah R. Colebrooke,  Security Operations Analyst

Cyber Up, in partnership with Daimler Mobility AG and  Blue Chip Talent

As a cybersecurity apprentice, Obadiah collaborates with various IT partners to ensure that the organization’s Vulnerability Management Program continues to operate at an enterprise level. Obadiah assists in managing the risk of exposure to cyber threats through identification, analysis, and tracking of security vulnerabilities. This allows for the organization to effectively reduce the cyber threat landscape of technical security vulnerabilities and minimize business impact within an IT environment. Through hard work and dedication, Obadiah’s efforts have also allowed him to have a small role in assisting in the organization’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Program as well.

Prior to joining CyberUp, Obadiah retired from the Unites States Marine Corps, bringing 20 plus years of IT and security experience. Obadiah holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management and holds a few industry certifications; Security+, CEH, and Splunk Core Certified User.

Overview for each session

4:00 PM – Kick Off and Introduction

4:05 PM – Career Overview – what does a programmer and what their average project look like?

4:15 PM – Live Demonstration – computer screen share – walking the students through what they are seeing/experiencing

4:30 PM – Discuss their Career Pathway –

4:45 PM – Live Q&A with Students

5:00 PM – Conclude

Register in advance for these sessions:

Computer Science Week

Missouri 4-H Schedule

Missouri 4-H will feature ways to get involved in computer science presented by youth and volunteers.

Monday, December 7th

Intro to Coding Using Scratch- Ages 9-12  Monday, Dec 7 at 6:00-6:50 PM – Explore programming concepts like loops and if-then statements as we learn to program in Scratch, a programming language that makes it easy to tell stories and express yourself. You will need a Gmail account to sign-in to Scratch so you can save your work. You can read more about Scratch here:  Note: LabSpace limits registrations in this class to 20 to provide the opportunity for lots of interaction and sharing of projects.

Tuesday, December 8th

DIY Roller Coaster- Ages 7+  Tuesday, Dec 8 at 1:00-1:45 PM –  Explore potential and kinetic energy while making a roller coaster for a marble.  We’ll take a look at the job of an entertainment engineer who designs attractions for Disney.  Materials needed: paper tubes from your recycling, a large, flat piece of cardboard for your base, paper and a paper plate, tape or hot glue.

Intro to Coding- Ages 6-8 – using Scratch, Jr.  Tuesday, Dec 8 at 5:00-5:40 PM – We’ll explore coding with some hands-on fun and learn about algorithms, debugging, events, loops and more. You’ll need to download Scratch, Jr, a free app that is designed to make programming easy for young children.

Wednesday, December 9th

4-H Computer Science Projects – Ages 8+ – Wednesday, Dec 9 at 5:00 – 5:45 PM – Kayce Amsden and her teens will share ideas for showing your computer science projects at the fair.

Computer Science and COVID-19, Ages 14+  Wednesday, Dec 9 at 6:30 PM  – Presented by Dr. Kamal Singh

A wealth of sequence and structural information has been deposited by the accumulated since the emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of Coronavirus Disease -19 (COVID-19), on December 1, 2019. These data are valuable resources for computer engineers to investigate the disease progression, infectivity of the virus, and identify changes in the viral genome (mutations) that most likely cause increased (or decreased) infectivity of the virus. We will be discussing the programming techniques, the resources and how those resources can be related to the severity of COVID-19.

Thursday, December 10th

VEXcode VR, ages 8-14  Thursday, December 10 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM –  Drachen Koester will teach students how to use VEXcode VR to program robots virtually.

Friday, December 11th

Intro to App Inventor for Android, ages 10+ – Friday, December 11 at 5:00 PM – Kaitlynn Fosterwill be giving a demonstration about how to use App inventor to make an app.

Afterschool programs or individuals can register for the Missouri 4-H activities at

Afterschool Program & Youth Participant Prizes

Afterschool programs who have students participate in the daily Career Explorations sessions can earn STEM equipment for their programs.

  1. Student groups who log on at least 3 of the 5 times of the Career Exploration will get a $100 certificate to STEMFinity
  2. Afterschool Programs who have the most students participating in a session will get a $100 certificate to STEMFinity

Computer Science and Coding Projects:

  1. Afterschool programs can have team project submission of their coding or other computer science explorations.
  2. Age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18
  3. Teams must have at least two youth members on the project.
  4. Youth may submit individual projects. Same Age groups. 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18
  5. Computer science projects will be uploaded to the Missouri 4-H Computer Science account or a link can be provided to the youth/student project site.

We would love to see your computer science projects!  Submissions can be created as individuals or teams.  Age categories will be 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18.  Submissions are due by January 1, 2021.

Submissions can be added to the folder for that age group.  Be sure to add the individual or team’s names, 4-H club or afterschool program, and an email or phone number.

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