December 5-11, 2010

A North American effort is being made to advance and give the public free educational opportunities as it relates to the possibilities and impact that computer science has and will make in the world. The goal is to specifically encourage high school students from grades 8 to 11 and CEGEP students, their parents and teachers to visit McGill University's School of Computer Science to learn and experience the potential that is in computer science. To this effort Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) recognizes that computing:

  • Touches everyone’s daily lives and plays a critical role in society
  • Drives innovation and economic growth
  • Provides rewarding job opportunities
  • Prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for the 21st century

To get students excited about computing, universities and colleges all across Canada will be running activities and workshops open to interested students during this week. Bellow is our scheduled events:

Events Schedule


  • Sunday - December 5, 2010
    • 3pm: Campus Tour
      • From 3PM to 3:45PM we will host a historical tour of the downtown university campus. Special focus will be made of the computing facilities: the Lorne Trottier building and the McConnell Engineering building.
      • Meeting at: Roddick Gates, 805 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
      • Michelle Anthofer
      • Google, Morgan Stanley, Behaviour Interactive, TechSys
    • 4pm: Career Panel
      • From 4PM to 5PM industry leaders will make presentations and be available for questioning and consultations. This panel session will focus on job opportunities and the future in Montreal.
      • Room: Lorne-Trottier Engineering Building room 0100
  • Monday - December 6, 2010
    • 7pm: Computational Thinking: Languages and Programs
      • Professor Brigitte Pientka from the School of Computer Science will be giving a one hour lecture on Computation Thinking.
      • Abstract: Computational thinking is a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior that draws on concepts fundamental to computer science. To flourish in today's world, computational thinking has to be a fundamental part of the way people think and understand the world. The question we will discuss in this talk is what are good languages for computational thinking, what fundamental limitations exist and how do languages influence our ability to think computationally and solve problems.
      • Room: McConnell Engineering Building room 304
  • Wednesday - December 8, 2010
    • 7pm: Movie Night
      • The Terminator
      • Professor Greg Dudek from the School of Computer Science will be hosting a movie night. The evening will begin with a short 15 minute talk introducing the movie and highlighting the computer science issues being addressed in the film. The evening will continue by watching and enjoying the film. The night ends with a short question and answer session with Prof. Dudek.
      • Room: McConnell Engineering Building room 304
  • Friday - December 10, 2010
    • 7pm: Tron Competition with prizes
      • Computer science isn't all about science and study. We also like to have fun when our work is all done. At 7PM we will have a video game competition with the multi-user Tron video racing game. Come enjoy a light evening with us and win some prizes!
      • Room: Lorne-Trottier Engineering Building 3120
  • Saturday - December 11, 2010
    • 4pm: Education Panel -- Cancelled
      • To complement the Career Panel, the week will end with an Educational Panel featuring professors from McGill University and selected students. This will be your opportunity to find out about computer science education at McGill University. Presentations will be made, a question and answer session will be hosted, plus private consultations are also possible. This will run for about one hour.
      • Room: Lorne-Trottier Engineering Building room 3120
    • 5pm: Raffle -- Cancelled
      • The week will end with a raffle. Visitors to our events will have the opportunity to place their name into a raffle each time they attended an event. During this final session we will pick the winner. If the person is attending this final day, they will receive an award.
      • Room: Lorne-Trottier Engineering Building room 3120