Get Involved

Computer Science students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and creative problem solving to a wide variety of real world issues, through events, collaborations, internships, and partnerships.

Here are a few ways to get involved:

Computer Science Club

The main purpose of the Computer Science Club at Humboldt State is to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone while creating awesome and engaging events to help spread the wonders of technology to the community. Our club strives to host at least one event each month, with our main event the LumberHacks Hackathon in the Spring. Come join the club to help participate in creating fun and engaging events, or just come and meet new people that have the same interest in technology as you do!

lumberhacks.org

Annual Hackathon

Every Spring, HSU students gather at the HSU library over the course of a weekend to engage in deep, collaborative problem solving activities.  Hackathons unleash creative talents and result in diverse projects that tackle everything from solving issues relevant in our local community to playing with the latest VR-based video game technology.   Teams may comprise members from any background ranging from art, business, psychology and sociology, to environmental, geospatial engineering and computer science. It’s about solving difficult problems with a unique, effective and elegant solution.

The Hackathon provides a capstone event at the end of the school year.  It’s a platform that is meant to be fun, engaging, stimulating, creative, innovative, and a little competitive.  To be successful, participants will need to work with a diverse set of backgrounds, execute on the vision, sell their ideas, and deliver a working product.  

Just as importantly, Hackathons provide a way to network people together with their surrounding communities to and highlight real problems that we need solved.  Hackathons are a great way to develop a culture of innovation, rapid-prototyping and building technical solutions to common problems. And they are a path for success; students are able to add their projects to their digital resumes.

hackathon.lumberhacks.org

Robotics Camp

Every year CS students facilitate activities for the on-campus Robotics Camp. The popular week-long camp offers students the chance to spark their interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will have the chance to work in teams to build robots using Lego Mindstorm and other tools. They also get to see drones in action and find out about emerging robot technologies. 

camps.humboldt.edu/robotics-camp

On-campus internships through the Library

HSU’s Library is a hub of technology, and Computer Science students have opportunities to develop or continue Library projects that provide valuable resources to students and researchers. Previous intern projects include:

Citing Insights, a tool for faculty, staff, librarians, graduate and teaching assistants, and tutors to evaluate information literacy and citations in student papers. The long-term goal of the project is to also build a tool to improve student research and writing. 

SpaceUse, a software that tracks the seating of students in the Library. Seating use data is crucial to how Library administrators have increased the use of library spaces, improved access and resources, and prioritized renovations.