be joining universities across Canada in celebrating CS Education Week on
December 10 with full-day events at both, St.George and UTM campuses. Grade 9
students who attend will have the opportunity to build their own avatars, learn
about secret codes, defend (their computers) against the dark arts and study
the spread of diseases like HIV and H1N1 using Scratch programming.
organizer, Michelle Craig, a faculty member at the University of Toronto, sums
up the excitement surrounding CS Education Week by stating “During this week,
Computer Science Departments from coast-to-coast will be celebrating the value
of studying computer science. They'll be demonstrating not only how fun CS can
be but also how far reaching the field is -- in terms of interactions with
fields as diverse as environmental activism to fashion design. We’re excited to
share this knowledge with our local communities, support high school CS
teachers and encourage students to consider an introductory CS course.”
grade 9 math students will participate in a conference-like field trip that
introduces the idea of studying computer science by connecting it with concepts
from the grade 9 math curriculum. Over 200 students are expected on this day
which will include a large-group activity followed by parallel workshops. The following workshops will be offered:
Understanding Secret Codes, Solving a Mystery with Computer Forensics, Inside
Image Compression, CS Unplugged and Introductory Python Programming.
festivities will include sessions on: Studying the Spread of Diseases with
Scratch Programming, Machines That Learn (techniques that allow machines to
learn from their experiences), Secret Codes and the Science of Art.
are part of the national Computer Science Education Week celebrations. See www.cacsaic.ca/computerscience_educationweek_2010.