DOHA: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) hosted Independent school students at its inaugural ‘Winter Institute: Discovering Computer Science’ programme.
Twenty-three students were hand-picked by CMU-Q for the programme after they demonstrated their interest and potential to excel in the field in some of the university’s outreach programmes, including Summer College Preview Programme and CS4Qatar for Students.
“Upon CMU-Q’s inception, H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser communicated a vision to empower Qataris to leave their mark in the field of computer science.
“We hope through your participation in Winter Institute, you now possess tools needed to pursue an education in the field, and CMU-Q looks forward to helping you achieve that,” Dean Ilker Baybars told the closing ceremony.
A highlight of the week was a ‘Programming your robot to save the world’ workshop, which saw students programme a robot to dance to music and demonstrate it to families and faculty on the closing day.
The students also participated in an ACT preparation course taught by Kaplan Corporation and an admissions workshop to help strengthen their application to the university. “Before attending Winter Institute I thought computer science was all about coding, but it turns out that coding is just a tool that allows us to do great things. Throughout the week, we were able to see how computer science is continuously evolving and remains one of the most successful majors anywhere in the world, because of its limitless possibilities,” said Dana Badar from Al Bayan Girls School.
The students were introduced to ‘Alice Middle East,’ an interactive animation software to help them learn the basics of computer programming and teach them to apply logical thinking and problem-solving techniques integral to computer science.
Al Bayan Girls School, Al Jazeera Academy, Al Resala Girls School, Al Wakra Independent School, Al Eman Independent School, Amna bint Wahab Independent School for Girls, Khalifa Independent School, Omar Bin Al Khattab School, Qatar Independent School for Girls, Rabaa Aladwya School for Girls, Rowda Bint Mohamed School for Girls and Um Ayman School participated.