University of Calgary

High school students learn about high-demand computer science jobs

Department of Computer Science hosts 120 students as part of Computer Science Education Week event

Dec. 9, 2013

The University of Calgary's Department of Computer Science will host 120 high school students tomorrow as part of the annual international Computer Science Education Week.

The participants will take part in highly interactive seminars and workshops led by faculty members, graduate students and industry partners. Topics covered will include "Can machines think?" "Computer vision", and "Career in IT? Is it a win or a fail?"

Students will also attend a demo of the Lindsay Lab which aims to bring virtual anatomy and physiology to life, and select participants will have the opportunity to join some three million individuals who have taken part in the Hour of Code campaign.

According to the Computer Science Education Week website, the number of careers in computing is growing at twice the national average of other professions. It is reported that 60 percent of all science jobs involve computing however only two percent of students are graduating with a degree in the discipline, leaving a significant resource gap. The Computer Science Education Week is also intent on raising the issue that nine out of 10 schools don't offer programming classes.

WHAT:   2013 Computer Science Education Week activity, students attending  
        the Lindsay Lab demo                                               
WHEN:   Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.            
WHERE:  University of Calgary, Taylor Family Digital Library (Room 466B)   
        Recommended parking: Lot 1                                         
WHO:    Mea Wang, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science      
        (project lead for the Computer Science Education Week)             
        Christian Jacob, professor of computer science in the Faculty of   
        Science and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the
        Faculty of Medicine                                                
        120 high school students and teachers