GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Wednesday morning Microsoft hosted its first Wisconsin Computer Science Fair at Lambeau Field.
Packers and Microsoft staff, as well as representatives of area colleges and tech companies, spoke to high school students about the importance of computer science and technology in many careers, especially for those with careers in sports.
“I've been looking into structuring and developing websites, I've been taking html and css courses,” said Griffin Freimuth, a senior at Kimberly High School.
Griffin and his friend Jesse Lamberecht are both seniors at Kimberly High School. Both said they have a passion for computer science.
“I'm interested in more so in C++ because i am going to become a mechanical engineer, so i am more so interested in doing things with C++ and robots and stuff like that,” said Jesse Lamberecht.
TEALS is now in nearly 350 schools around the country, teaching more than 12,000 kids computer science. There are currently TEALS programs in 13 schools in Wisconsin. In April 2018, TEALS announced it will expand into more than 15 northeastern Wisconsin high schools for the 2018-19 academic year and is seeking computer science professionals to volunteer with classroom teachers. Anyone interested can visit https://www.tealsk12.org/volunteers.
“Only about 40% of high schools in the U.S have any sort of computing or computer science program, so there's a long way to go and a lot of work to be done, and that's our goal, to get computer science in every high school,” said Anupama Shekhar, West Region Lead, TEALS Program.
In October 2017, the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft announced TitletownTech, a one-of-a kind partnership aimed at boosting economic expansion in Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley and beyond by bringing world-class digital innovations and expertise to Green Bay.