©ARKANSAS STEM FESTIVAL 2016
“Hello, World!” - 3rd Annual Arkansas STEM Festival
The state of Arkansas has become a leader in computer science and programming education. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill in 2015 that made Arkansas the very first state in the nation to pass a law requiring all public and charter high schools to provide computer science courses to its students. Governor Hutchinson’s work towards making Arkansas the leading state in computer science and programming education has been recognized as highly beneficial and is now being copied by many government officials, including President Barack Obama, who set aside $4 billion for nationwide computer science education. As a result of this action by the President, Governor Hutchinson said “I appreciate our president recognizing the importance of this effort, and I am proud that in Arkansas, we’ve already started—and we’re leading the country.”
To showcase all the great computer science and programming work that the students of Arkansas have made, the theme “Hello, World!” was selected. This theme holds a double meaning that perfectly fits the goals of the festival. In computer programming, “Hello, world!” is a command that only tells the computer to display those exact words. However, those words are extremely significant to anyone who has ever programmed before. They symbolize a successfully executed line of code that can be transformed into something that could potentially benefit a large number of people. In addition, the festival is a great way for Arkansas’ young computer scientists and programmers to literally say hello to the world through their work. The double meaning of “Hello, World!” is ultimately what made it the best choice to be the theme of the 3rd Annual Arkansas STEM Festival.
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