Computer programming can be used to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, including how to protect the environment.

Gainesville area middle and high school students will have the chance to learn about how researchers at the University of Florida use coding techniques to understand invasive species and plant diseases during a free one-day workshop titled “Coding in the Environmental Sciences.”

The workshop takes place Saturday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the University of Florida’s main campus. Amy Kendig, a postdoctoral researcher studying plant disease ecology in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is organizing the workshop with funding from the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute.

“Students identifying as an underrepresented gender in computer science are especially encouraged to register,” Kendig said.

Workshop activities include:

  • Visiting experiments at an outdoor field site and lab.
  • Learning basic coding (no previous experience required).
  • Using newly acquired skills to answer environmental science questions.

The workshop is free, but limited space is available. To register, visit: