University of Calgary

Grade 9 girls to explore the world of robotics, circuits, GPS and computer technology

Submitted by darmstro on Wed, 2012-05-09 15:40.

May 8, 2012

It won't be a typical school day tomorrow for about 650 girls in Grade 9. They're stepping out of their classrooms and into the world of information technology.

Calgary's three largest post-secondary institutions have partnered for Explore IT, an event to raise awareness among young women about information technology and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and SAIT Polytechnic will host interactive presentations and laboratory demonstrations throughout the day. At all three schools, girls will hear words of wisdom and inspiration from keynote speaker Nicole Gerald, a systems engineer at Cisco Systems.

At the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering, students will build and program search-and-rescue robots, hunt for treasure using GPS, build electronic circuit boards and meet LINDSAY the Virtual Human, an interactive computer model.

At SAIT Polytechnic, students will explore a state-of-the-art television studio and discover the elements that go into producing a news program, including the roles of camera operators, computer graphic experts, lighting directors, and news anchors. They'll also create mobile applications for smart phones and get a peek inside the world of computer forensics by learning how to protect against viruses, Malware and Trojan Horses.

Mount Royal University will feature a life-size aviation simulator and a session on cryptography examining how people throughout history have used codes to send secret information. Students will also learn about information design by using technology to create their own postcard, and they'll explore the field of biomimicry, the study of sustainable design ideas found in nature.

Explore IT began thirteen years ago and has exposed more than 5,000 female students in Calgary to the world of information technology and the range of career options.

What: Explore IT

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: University of Calgary, Schulich School of Engineering
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Building
856 Campus Place NW

SAIT Polytechnic
1301 - 16th Avenue NW

Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

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