ISyTE Academy Attracts High School Students

by Terry Tush 
(June 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm)

ISyTEHigh school students from across the state of Oklahoma learned how to build a functioning computer from start to finish, took part in a mock investigation where they used forensics technology to track down an imaginary criminal, and much more during the third annual Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy (ISyTE) earlier this month at Oklahoma State University.

The ISyTE program allows participants to interact with current MIS students and faculty and industry IT professionals to learn about information system practice and career opportunities.

“The kids had a great time and they were offered a wide variety of exposure to technology and the opportunities that are available,” said Rick Wilson, head of OSU’s Management Science and Information Systems Department.

“Although they’re 14 to 17 years of age, we want them to begin thinking about OSU, and we also want them to think specifically about MIS (management information systems) as a degree. MIS is the perfect degree for somebody who wants to blend technology and business,” said Wilson.

The 26 students were able to participate in several modules throughout the week, including receiving boxes of components, tools and software that they used to build a computer from scratch. They also used digital evidence in an attempt to catch an imaginary criminal in CSI Stillwater, wrote a computer software program for online chats and put their math skills to use to create strong passwords that are difficult for hackers to crack.

The program, due to the generous scholarship support of the Kerr Foundation and ConocoPhillips, allows students to attend the program completely free, including all fees, meals and lodging in OSU dorms. More than 70 students applied for this year’s program but only 26 were accepted because of space limitations.

Students represented the following cities in Oklahoma: Ardmore, Bethany, Blanchard, Broken Arrow, Chickasha, Edmond, Grove, Lone Wolf, Madill, Morrison, Norman, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Skiatook, Sparks, Stillwater, Texhoma, Tryon, Tulsa and Vinita.

OSU’s ISyTE program is unlike any offered and has benefits that continue to attract applicants from all across the state.

“Because we’re so committed to what this does for the state of Oklahoma, any ISyTE graduate that comes to OSU and chooses MIS as his or her degree, we’ll award them a scholarship,” said Wilson.

The OSU ISyTE Academy is sponsored by the OSU Department of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business, The Kerr Foundation, Inc., ConocoPhillips, and the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development.

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