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Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Information Systems Technology Exploration for High School Students

Please check back for more information on the 2018 ISyTE – June 3-8

June 4-9, 2017

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MIS Degrees – No Limit to Your Success!

  • High salary
  • Technology based
  • High demand today … higher demand tomorrow!
  • Exciting projects
  • Rewarding positions
  • Career paths variety
  • Hands-on system building experience

An MIS degree provides an optimal mix of people skills, technological expertise, and business knowledge. MIS is the most sought after degree one can earn with unlimited future prospects…what more could a graduate want?

Potential Careers:

  • Business Analyst
  • Web Architect
  • Knowledge Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Network Communications Specialist

OSU ISyTE Academy Activities

At the OSU ISyTE Academy, you will spend six days on the OSU-Stillwater campus interacting with current OSU MIS students and faculty members.

Information Technology Exploration

  • “Build IT”
    Learn how computer components work together to process information. You will receive a box of parts, tools and software, and you will build a functioning computer.
  • “Connect IT”
    Teams of students receive a box of “stuff” and build a network of computers or other devices. You will learn to interconnect computers into a basic network and have an introduction to the client-server architecture.
  • “Code IT”
    Students explore object oriented programming in C# using Visual Studio. Each student will learn the basics of programming. Students will write code for a Raspberry Pi 2 that assesses the presence or absence of light within a room.
  • “Hack IT”
    You will get a good idea how to protect your information and ‘digital identity’ through demonstrations of password cracking and other actions designed to disclose information meant to be protected. You will learn how to make strong passwords by seeing how hackers can break them and how to safeguard your data.
  • “Install IT”
    Students will install, from scratch, the operating system and necessary software needed for other activities during the week on the machines they have built.
  • “Explore IT”
    Students will explore new technologies on the horizon! They will learn how technology can transport them into another world, explore printing entire objects in 3D, and see how they can invent new things right on their own computers.
  • “Plug IT”
    Students learn about the Internet of Things by setting up a Raspberry Pi 2. Students will then connect it to the Internet and display its location on a global map.

Daily Field Trips and Activities


You will experience some of the traditional college “hot spots” enjoyed by all OSU students as well as other fun and insightful activities, which include:

  • OSU Camp Redlands ropes course
  • Corporation visits
  • Tour of the famous Boone Pickens Stadium


  • Who Are You?
    In this workshop, you will learn what to expect in college, and what courses you should take as a high school senior to prepare.
  • What Do You Want To Be?
    In this workshop, you will participate in assessment exercises to learn more about your interests. You also will learn how to apply for college, as well as more about OSU and careers available in management information systems.
“I’ve been to lots of summer camps but ISyTE is by far the best. The friendships and experiences here are one of a kind.”
Vladia Cortest – Norman High School
“ISyTE is a good camp for anyone, whether you know about computers or nothing at all, you will learn a lot over the course of the week.”
Alexander Mayer – Ponca City High School
“ISyTE was truly an eye opener for not only college life, but for an amazing and interesting experience for learning about MIS. If you like computers, this is the camp for you.”
Aidan Moore, Stillwater Junior High School
“I learned so much from not only the instructors/counselors, but also my teammates. I loved it all and would recommend it.”
Aqeelah Rufai – Union High School
“ISyTE is an amazing camp, you get to learn tons of cool stuff about computers, as well as college life. You also get to make a lot of friends and start lasting relationships with them. Overall ISyTE is a fantastic camp and I’m glad I could participate. I would recommend it to those who enjoy computers.”
Scott Swiech – Stillwater Junior High School

Photos from ISyTE