Clubs and Events

Computer Science isn’t just all work and no play. When not in class or completing projects, computer science students increase their computing know-how with clubs and events.

Computer Club

They match wits in laser tag. They get into the holiday spirit at Christmas parties. They lend a helping hand in the community. They hold computing convocations and talk electronics, robots, networking, and all other things computer science without reserve. It’s the Southern Computer Club, your lifeline to Southern’s computer community.  

Karly Peckham - President

Victoria Pohle - Executive Vice President

Ian Johnson - Co-Social Vice President

Carli McKeown - Co-Social Vice President

Sarah Wu - Treasurer

Michelle Amos -  Secretary

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Tech Lunches

The Tech Lunches are a great way to learn about the latest trends and topics in the field of computing. View the archive to see previous lectures at the below link:

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Southern Challenge

The Southern Challenge is an annual tournament that features LEGO robotics and research projects by children in grades 5-12. Each team's robot is given a series of tasks to complete. Students also must conduct scientific research and prepare a presentation on the theme for this year's Challenge.

Student participants are challenged to think in new ways and try different problem-solving techniques. They research, design, build, and program robots that solve real-world problems.

Hosted by Southern Adventist University, the event hosts teams from across the region who present their research, demonstrate their robots and strategy, and test their robots in a tournament environment. Although the teams are competing, the emphasis is on creative thinking, working together, and solving problems.

The Southern Challenge is a member of the Adventist Robotics League, a consortium of educators working in Seventh-day Adventist education that sponsor and promote classroom learning through robotics. ARL is a full partner with FIRST LEGO League and uses their materials, challenges, and rules in tournaments.


Important Dates

  • May - September 2016—FLL Registration Deadline 
    Registration closes on September 31 or when all kits are sold. It is recommended that teams register during the summer well in advance of the deadline to be assured a spot in the Southern Challenge.
  • January 31, 2017—Southern Challenge Registration Deadline
    Last day to register for the Southern Challenge tournament (registration is free).
  • August 2016 - March 2017—Teams Prepare for Southern Challenge 
    Research, design, build, program, and test robot for the challenge. Research and prepare a research project/presentation.
  • Sunday, March 26, 2017—Southern Challenge Tournament
    The Southern Challenge tournament is held in the Iles P.E. Center on the campus of Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN). Teams arrive between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. The public is welcome to watch the tournament beginning at 1 p.m.
  • May 7, 2017—NAD Robotics Invitational
    The North American Division Robotics Challenge is the national tournament for the Adventist Robotics League. The top teams from each region are invited to participate in this tournament each year. Held in Sacramento, CA.