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Department to host Open House in CL 135-136, Feb. 22, 9:00-4:00, (Expired)

Feb. 22 is Canadian Computing Education Day / Scratch Day Canada.

The Department of Computer Science is hosting an Open House from 9am - 4pm in the Classroom
Building (Rms. 135 & 136).

Drop by and bring some friends.

With computers everywhere, the need for this might not be obvious. The reality is that
although many people know how to use computers, relatively few know how to program them.
We need people who can program to design the next generation of innovations. Douglas Rushkoff,
author of Program or Be Programmed, writes that programming a computer is
not like fixing a car  its like driving a car!

The shortage of information and communication technology workers hurts Canadas productivity.
We also need a literate citizenry: learning how to use computers, but not how to program them
is like learning how to read, but not how to write. And knowing how to write does not mean
you will have a career as a writer.

Feb 22 is also Scratch Day Canada.  Scratch is a very accessible visual programming environment
for creating and sharing interactive stories, games, music, and art that provides a great
introduction to programming.

Details of events at the University of Regina can be found

Visitors of all ages are welcome between 9am and 4pm in Classroom Building 135 and 136
to come and try programming with Scratch, to control LEGO robots and other kits,
and to interact using technologies like Makey Makey and Arduino.

Well be showing the movie Top Secret Rosies at noon hour.  Feel free to bring a lunch and stay all day.

The Open House is being organized by Dr. Daryl Hepting (a faculty member in our department) with assistance from Ashley Yeaman (our program coordinator), Alex Clarke and Guili Liu (lab instructors in our department), Waseem Ahmed and Shu (Jesse) Zhang (grad students), and Robin Jastrzebski, Regan Meloche, Stevan Mikha, Tori Verlysdonk, Aysia Yeo, and Kevin Yu (undergrads).

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