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Computer Science Day

Test drive a degree in computer science or informatics for a day

This full-day, free event for high school students and parents includes lunch at a residence dining hall and a camps tour. 

  • Have an interest in computer science and want to have fun for a day?
  • Want to see if computer science at Dal is the right fit for you?
  • Choosing between studying at a college or university?
  • Exploring if computer science could be your passion?

Hear from

  • Professors with ideas on how to creatively personalize your degree opportunities
  • Current students on co-op opportunities, their entrepreneurial ventures and student life
  • An alumnus on his post-graduation experiences

Experience demonstrations in:

  • Exploring immersive virtual reality
  • Putting network security to the test in real-time
  • Location tracking, healthcare and gaming: a near-field communications scavenger hunt
  • Creating a drawing application using Python

Interested in learning more about our programs before our next CS Day event? Email csday@cs.dal.ca or send us a tweet @dalfcs. We'd be happy to hear from you!

Info from our last CS Day (Feb. 20, 2016)

Registration and attendance

When: Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9:30am - 3:30pm. 

Where: Goldberg Computer Science Building, 6050 University Avenue, Halifax. Directions to Dalhousie.

Cost: There is no cost to attend this full day program. 

Advance registration is now closed. Students wishing to attend can still register on the day-of and will be slotted into whichever workshops still have space remaining.

Information for Parents

Your kids are in their final stretch of high school and getting ready to cast off their university applications. With so many options, choosing a program can be difficult – but also fun.

We have put together a full-day of activities for yourself and your kids to explore one of their options. While your kids are busy controling flying drones or embarking on a scavenger hunt using their smartphones, Dean Michael Shepherd will host a special information session for you to answer any questions related to the degree program. Also present at your session: an academic advisor, alumnus, and an Assistant Registrar.

All participants will eat lunch in a residence dining hall and will be guided through a campus tour. There is no cost to attend this full day of programming, but registration is required.

CS Day 2016 Detailed Schedule

Time Room Event Details
9:30 - 10:00 Lobby Registraion Pick up registration package
10:00 - 10:15

To be announced

Welcome Meet the organizers and find out how the day will unfold.
10:20 - 11:05 Locations vary based on session choice Student Session #1 and Parent Session

Students: Your choice of session. Space is limited in each so register for your choices soon.

Parents: Join Dr. Andrew Rau-Chaplin, dean of Faculty of Computer Science, as he hosts an information session/ Q&A with an alumnus, academic advisor and registrar's office contact.

11:05 - 11:30   Coffee Break  
11:30 - 12:15

Room 430

Program & Career Options and Co-op Education

Hear from:

  • Dalhousie CS Alumni
  • Academic Advisor(s) on program options
  • Current students on student-life, societies & co-op opportunities
12:15 - 2:15 Howe Hall Campus tour and lunch Enjoy lunch in one of the university's residences. Tour Dalhousie with a student guide.
2:15 - 3:00 Locations vary based on session choice Student Workshop #2

Students: Your choice of session. Space is limited in each so register soon.

Parents can tag along or take a break.

3:00 To be announced Closing and door-prize draw Join Dr. Andrew Rau-Chaplin, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science, to finish the day.

2016 Session Details

Network Security

Are you curious about network security? What it means? How it works and how it protects you? In this session, we will show you some of the popular attacks such as domain name spoofing as they happen on the Internet.
We will also show you how to analyze them. Join us to see the CSI Dalhousie team work to search for Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence solutions. Presenters: Dr. Nur Zincir-Heywood & Dr. Malcolm Heywood

Near field Communication

Dr. Srini Sampalli and his students welcome you to their Emerging Wireless Technologies Lab for a fun scavenger hunt of sorts. See the new trends in smartphones, near field communications and augmented reality. Discover applications in location tracking, healthcare, and gaming with just a tap of your smartphone.

Visit the GEM Lab

In this hands-on session you will try out different ways of interacting with computers and see research being conducted in the Graphics and Experiential Media Lab. Highlights include immersive virtual reality, projection-mapped tangible objects, whole body interaction, and more. Presenter: Dr. Derek Reilly

A drawing application using Python

This workshop provides a rapid overview of programming for both programmers and people without experience. Using the Python language, you will put together a minimalistic but functional drawing application. Presenter: Dr. Christian Blouin