August 15, 2018

UAT to Award Scholarship to the Great Arizona Code Challenge Winner

Great Arizona Code Challenge

The Great Arizona <Code> Challenge is happening Friday and Saturday at the Infusionsoft headquarters in Chandler. This 36-hour hackathon invites the best young programmers (3rd to 8th grade) from across the state to compete for prizes. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The MIT Enterprise Forum of Phoenix and the Prenda Code Club host the Great Arizona <Code> Challenge. University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is also a partner of the event promoting STEAM education.

UAT will offer the winning individual or team a half-tuition scholarship as a grand prize.

UAT President Jason Pistillo said, “From my experiences engaging with high tech companies in the Valley, the demand for qualified talent easily outweighs the number of candidates going through our educational systems. The Great AZ Code Challenge offers the Valley a tremendous service in getting young people involved into one of the most expansive and exciting career sectors.”

UAT Provost Dr. David Bolman says that the need for young adults to go into STEM and STEAM careers is more vital than most people realize.

“In order to have mainstream students choose a future in technology, we need to participate and help mold students’ visions of their future during their time in middle and high school. How can we help students from all academic perspectives see life opportunities that come with a future in STEM and STEAM? Fun, creative and competitive events like the Great Arizona Code Challenge will make a difference for the students involved,” said Bolman.

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