Mathematics and Computer Science Department Hosted Workshop for Local Girl Scouts

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Westminster College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science hosted a Scratch computer programming workshop April 14 for Mercer Area Girl Scouts.

Scratch, developed at MIT, is a programming language that allows users to create interactive stories, animation, games, music, and art and share them on the web.  Scouts at the workshop used Scratch to create an animated aquarium and a target game.

The workshop was directed by Dr. David Shaffer, Westminster associate professor of computer science, with assistance from Dr. Kathy Shaffer, chemistry instructor at Slippery Rock University, and Kate Shaffer, Mercer Area Elementary School student and one of the Girl Scout participants.

Contact Dr. David Shaffer at (724) 946-7292 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Animated aquarium created at the workshop


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Girl Scouts at work