Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy

June 1-6, 2014

The Oklahoma State University Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy (ISyTE) is an activity-based, hands-on program designed for high school students interested in the vital intersection of business and technology. This six-day program will allow you to learn from industry leaders and current MIS students and faculty about information system practice and career possibilities.

The OSU ISyTE Academy will be held at the OSU-Stillwater campus and is sponsored by the OSU Department of Management Science and Information Systems and the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business and ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66.

All 25 students chosen will receive a scholarship that covers 100% of the fees associated with the OSU ISyTE Academy, including all meals and lodging.

To qualify for this scholarship, you must:

  • demonstrate interest in computer-related technology
  • be a high school student entering grades 9-11
  • be enrolled full-time at a high school in Oklahoma (or equivalent for homeschooled students)

To apply for the high school academy June 1-6, 2014 on the OSU-Stillwater campus, submit an application form and all accompanying documents to the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development by 5 p.m. on April 4, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified after April 5, 2014. For more information, call 1-866-678-3933.

Only 25 participants will be selected for the program–all of whom will be awarded a 100% scholarship.

OSU ISyTE Academy Activities

At the OSU ISyTE Academy, you will get to spend a week on the OSU-Stillwater campus interacting with current OSU MIS students and faculty members.

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 high ropes course, corporation visits, tour of the famous Boone Pickens Stadium, and tour of the OSU Colvin Campus Recreation Center.

IT Exploration Modules

  • “Build IT”
    Learn the how computer components work together to process information. You will get a box of parts, tools and software, and you will build a functioning computer.
  • “Connect IT”
    Teams of students get a box of ‘stuff ’ and build a network of computers or other devices. You will learn to interconnect computers into a basic network and get an introduction to the client-server architecture.
  • “Code IT”
    You will explore object oriented programming in C#. Using Visual Studio, you will build your own customized ISYTE online chat application.
  • “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.
  • “Stalk IT”
    A group activity to show how hackers and other not-so-nice folks gather information on their targets. You will get an “eye-opening” look at just how much information is available about them through open sources and how that information can be used by Internet predators or hackers.
  • “Game IT”
    Creating computer games, rather than just playing them can also be fun… and great learning! Working with rapid digital game creation software, you will have the opportunity to create a computer game with graphics, sound effects, and music. No prior programming knowledge is required.
  • “Digital Forensics”
    An exploration of digital forensics—the information and trail that is unknowingly left behind in the files that you generate.


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, more about OSU and about careers available in management information systems.

Photos from ISyTE

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