The University of Wyoming Blockchain Stampede “Future Forward” discussed computing education

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 6:36 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wyoming may have the lowest population in the nation, but that hasn’t slowed us down in making technological strides. Blockchain is the ultimate ‘crypto-bank’ for currency and data.

Employers of major tech companies, local leaders and educators met to collaborate on how to incorporate computing education as curriculum and fill the gap in educational instruction and cognitive diversity.

“We need to prepare Wyoming students for future careers, just living in society, and if we do it right, this could be an advantage for Wyoming students. If we don’t address it, it becomes a big gap for our best resources - our students,” said Bryan Shader, UW Mathematics Professor and Assistant to the University President’s Strategic Initiative.

The University of Wyoming held discussions around making computing education accessible and affordable, especially in rural communities. Topics ranged from what skill-sets tech employers are seeking, to challenges expected in the process of introducing a realistic curriculum, at all levels.

Although the session was led by the University, the end goal is developing a program that could impact students on a much larger scale.

“The President [UW President, Ed Seidel] and Governor’s vision is to establish the Wyoming Innovation Partnership that will work with community colleges, K-12, and the University of Wyoming to bring computing to a much larger audience across the state,” said Shader.

The Cowboy State is taking the first steps in pioneering blockchain put Wyoming on the map when it comes to innovation.

“I think we have an advantage as being a small state that we can get things done, and I think there is lots of possibilities here, good potential,” said Shader.

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