UPDATE: This workshop has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for new dates. 

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, April 13, 2019 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.

“We hope to recruit high school and advanced middle school students who identify as an underrepresented gender in computer science,” Kendig said. “This includes, but is not limited to students who identify as cis and trans women, trans men, non-binary, genderqueer or agender.”

Workshop activities include:

  • Visiting experiments at an outdoor field site and greenhouse.
  • 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: