This is a highly interactive presentation by undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon who talk about why/how they began studying the area, their current experiences, what Computer Science means to them now, and their future hopes and expectations. The middle and high school presentations include a guessing game, a slide show of CS applications, algorithm style puzzles, a robot demo, and much more. The spin-off graduate level Roadshow (presented to undergrads) includes general information on going to graduate school and short research talks.

Audiences

  • elementary, middle, and high school girls and boys
  • parents and teachers
  • undergraduate students
  • all who are interested in improving access and exposure to computer science

Goals

  • to increase the visibility of young women and minorities in computer science
  • to challenge the traditional stereotypes of what/who computer scientists are
  • to show the breadth of fields that computer science can encompass
  • to provide role models
  • to provide an interesting and enjoyable learning experience
  • to provide teaching, leadership/mentoring opportunities for our own computer science students