DOHA, QATAR – Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar held the Fourth Annual CS4Qatar workshop for high school students over the weekend. In line with the university’s mission of introducing the youth in Qatar to the opportunities in the field of computer science, Carnegie Mellon Qatar offered its program to more than 100 high school students from 28 schools around the country.
“Our goal in CS4Qatar is to help spread technological awareness and knowledge among the younger generations,” said Khaled Harras, Ph.D., computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon Qatar. “We do so by reaching out to the students and exposing them to technological and computer science basics. We hope that through this work and effort by Carnegie Mellon, we plant a seed that continues to grow the students' interest, motivation, and excitement in these crucial areas of knowledge.”
The participants were exposed to a variety of subjects in the field of computer science while engaging in discussions related to the exercises and the field as a whole. The two-day developmental workshop, held at the Carnegie Mellon building in Education City, was designed to teach high schools students about computer science and how it is applied to both academic and professional life.
The CS4Qatar workshop consisted of three sessions. The students began with a course on computer science puzzles which introduced students to fundamental skills in programming. The workshop then progressed to a course on programming with Alice, an object-based, 3-D graphics-creating tool. The workshop concluded with a workshop on robotics, which provided hands-on experience, allowing students to create and operate robotic intelligence.
“This was a fantastic event hosted by Carnegie Mellon. I am excited about learning the concepts and the basics of computer science and robot building. CS4Qatar has definitely helped develop my programming and computing skills,” said Fahim Dulvi from M.E.S Indian School.
CS4Qatar is a series of computer science workshops designed by Carnegie Mellon Qatar for both computer science educators as well as high school students in Qatar. A professional development workshop for teachers on the topic of developing a computer science first-year curriculum took place in November 2009.
Participating schools in CS4Qatar included: Academic Bridge Program, Ahmed Bin Mohamed, Al Bayan, Al Ieman, Al Resala, Al Wakra, American Academy School, Amna Bint Wahab, American School of Doha, Cambridge International School for Girls, Cambridge School, Doha College, Doha Independent School, Doha Modern Indian School, Global Academy, International School of Chouifat, Khalifa Secondary School, Lebanese School, Lycee Bonaparte, M.E.S Indian School, Michael E. DeBakey for Health Professions, Mohamed Bin Abdulwahab School, Omar Bin Al-Khattab, Qatar Academy, Qatar Independent, Rabaa Al-Adawiya, The Modern English School and Un Ayman School,
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