Service to the community is an important mission we strive to fulfill. Our school seeks to have both a global scientific impact and an engaged and relevant local impact to technology related industries in Miami and South Florida. Whether we are providing advanced workshops for teachers, demonstrating state-of-the-art technology at an event, or providing at-risk students with opportunities to learn about technology, our faculty and students are committed to sharing our knowledge and talents for the betterment of society.


Software Hacking at MangoHacks 2017

MangoHacks 2017 Review

This past weekend SCIS hosted another great year of MangoHacks, a 36-hour hackathon that encourages learning, collaboration, growth, innovation, and fun. A hackathon is a creative coding and invention marathon. Students come together with an idea or a passion, get into teams, and build that idea into something tangible in 36 hours. At the end of the hackathon, the teams will show what they built to judges and other participants. A hackathon is an awesome place to push yourself, learn new skills, and meet amazing people.

This year there were a lot of awesome projects hacked together and they were shared through Facebook Live and Periscope. Which you can see below:


Here is a Photo Gallery of the weekend:

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Ultimate Software Academy for Computer Science Education @ FIU.



The Ultimate Software Academy for Computer Science Education inspires and cultivates the advancement of a community of K-12 teachers and students who continuously rediscover computing and apply its principles to creatively solve problems and engender innovation. We offer workshops for teachers and students, which include hands-on demonstrations of research by FIU computer science professors, problem-solving techniques, and game programming.

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RET on Cyber-enabled technologies provides opportunities for teachers to work with faculty at FIU.

Under the coherent theme of cyber-enabled technologies, the proposed site offers an effective research experience for teachers on state-of-the-art, high-quality research in fields such as social networks, cloud computing, privacy, and security. The new activities implemented in the schools during the academic year is expected to provide important insights for developing computational thinking competencies in schools to prepare students to join the 21st Century workforce.

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Hispanic Heritage Foundation Loft STEM Leadership Symposium

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation Loft STEM Leadership Symposium was held at the FIU GC Ballroom with 200 Dade/Broward HS students in attendance. Panelist Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla, FIU SCIS Faculty, discussed his career preparation for working in the area of robotics. Students performed role-playing exercises to further grasp the seven Army values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.

CodeFest Miami 2014 and the Hour of Code

CodeFest Miami 2014 and the Hour of Code — 100 elementary/middle/high schoolers attended a coding challenge session with prizes provided by local tech companies. Many attendees coded for the first time with the help of our CIS Students who mentored participants.


Miami Maker Faire outreach — FIU CIS Co-Produced the event. 4,000 attendees, targeted K-12 students, focus on robotics, electronics, and coding.

The Miami Mini Maker Faire was held in Wynwood to the delight of almost 4,000 attendees and 100+ exhibitors. The Faire is held in creative communities around the world and is a celebration of imagination and innovation. FIU CIS co-produced the event that featured FIU student exhibits and workshops: Deon Wilkins and Fernando Campo presented the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles developed in the FIU Discovery Lab; Charleotte Farolan, Women in Computer Science President and WICS members hosted a day long soldering workshop where they taught hundreds of kids to assemble and solder a small robotic bug or a USB LED Flashlight; Diego Bracamonte worked with Microsoft to demonstrate 3D printing tools and integration; and Adam Manoussakis and members of the Miami Northwestern Bicycle Blenders demonstrated and distributed hundreds of human powered smoothies.

Continue reading Miami Maker Faire outreach — FIU CIS Co-Produced the event. 4,000 attendees, targeted K-12 students, focus on robotics, electronics, and coding.

Girls Who Code Miami Program Summer Cohort

We hosted the Girls Who Code Miami Program Summer Cohort of 40 talented female High School students and taught students how to use APIs to develop a simple GIS application.

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Coding Jam for Middle Schoolers

Partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Google to present a Coding Jam for Middle Schoolers hosted by our school. 60 diverse students attended and experienced coding for the first time!


Hour of Code Challenge! CodeFest Miami Grand Finale

Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences, the Miami-Dade County Office of Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, LAB Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade College, and the Beacon Council, inspired by, hosted “Code Fest Miami” during Computer Science Education Week, December 9-15, 2013., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting computer science education, created a nationwide campaign calling on every K-12 student in America to participate in an “Hour of Code.” The initiative engaged schools, teachers, and parents across the country to help introduce more than 15 million students of all ages to computer programming during Computer Science Education Week.

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The Miami Maker Faire shows Miami’s growing Maker Movement

The Miami Maker Faire was held on Saturday, Nov. 16th, 2013 at the Lab Miami, located in the Wynwood Arts District of Downtown Miami. The Faire featured over 80 exhibits, presenters, and workshops and was attend by well over 1,000 people of all ages and interests. Maker Faires are known for their eclectic blending of arts and technology in celebrating innovation, creativity, and the Maker movement. Continue reading The Miami Maker Faire shows Miami’s growing Maker Movement

FIU Tapestry Workshop

The goals of the NSF funded high school instructor workshop to attract more and diverse students into your high school Computer Science classes by sharing strategies, research-based practices, and field-tested ideas for teaching computer science in a way that reaches all students regardless of sex or ethnicity.

FIU STEM Teachers Workshop


SCIS hosted the second annual FIU STEM Teachers Workshop in June 2013. The workshop, supported by a grant from Ultimate Software and attended by high school teachers from Broward and Miami-Dade counties, introduced computational thinking concepts, object-oriented visual programming skills and concepts, and basic Python programming skills. For more details, go here.

SCIS hosted the Computer Science for High School


SCIS hosted the Computer Science for High School, a Google sponsored, three-day hands-on workshop for High School educators to promote computer science and computational thinking in high school curriculum. Topics include Embedded Systems and Robotics, Raspberry Pi software development, and programming with Python.For more details, go here.

Coderdojo Pembroke Pines


Coderdojo Pembroke Pines, FIU sponsors Coderdojo, an international, coding club for kids. FIU students and staff volunteer their time to mentor students from 8-17 years of age in programming languages and robots like Scratch, Lego Mindstorms, and Sphero. The club meets twice a month at Broward County South West Regional Library and the Miami Science Museum. For more information, click here.

National Robotics Week

miami-maker-fair-637x480We provide an open house to area K-12 students in the FIU Discovery Lab. Undergraduate students demoed their latest projects in a variety of areas such as embedded controllers, mobile apps, robotics, sensor networks, 3D printing and design tools. We featured our renowned Telebot project, a telepresence robot design to help disable veterans and police work again. Read more…

FIU Annual High School Programming Competition

FIU Annual High School Programming Competition hosted teams from schools throughout Florida. The competition is modeled after the ACM International Programming competitions- the team solving the most problems in the least amount of time with the fewest attempts wins! For more information, click here.


Engineering Expo Day

engineering_expoOver 1,500 Miami-Dade and Broward elementary and middle school students visit our Engineering Center Campus where many participated in robotics demonstrations and activities provided by faculty and students of the FIU Discovery Lab.