High school students invited to CONNECT with computer science

February 21, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Department of Computer Science invites high school students to learn more about one of the fastest-growing fields through the CONNECT Through the World of Computer Science program on April 16.

By 2018 there will be 1.4 million computer specialist positions available in the United States, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

"Computer science majors are among the highest in demand when they graduate college," said Mindy Hart, outreach coordinator for the Department of Computer Science.

Open to all high school students, the CONNECT program is targeted at girls in grades 9-12. 

The free program, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Lawson Computer Science Building, will allow participants to interact with current students, test their creativity through a project and learn about careers in computer science.

Hart encourages students to consider the positive impact they can make through a computer science career.

"Computer scientists have the knowledge and skills to solve tomorrow's problems," Hart said. "Students' creativity and ingenuity can make a difference in health care, revolutionize our educational system, strengthen national security and create social networks."

No prior computer experience is needed to attend the program, but registration is required as space is limited.

"Students are drawn to our program because of the tight-knit social community within the department," Hart said. "CONNECT is a great event for those who want to explore computer science and the impact computer science can have on the world around us."

Parents and guidance counselors are welcome to attend CONNECT and are invited to a special session while students participate in a separate activity.

Additional event information and registration is available at: https://outreach.cs.purdue.edu/register 

Writer: Brian Peloza, 765-494-2081, bpeloza@purdue.edu

Source: Mindy Hart, 765-494-7802, mindy@cs.purdue.edu