Apr 17, 2009
Yesterday, James and I spent most of the day at Bayview Secondary School. We were there on behalf of the Department of Computer Science, and our main job was to educate the high school students about what exactly computer science is, and what kind of experience they can get at the University of Toronto.
We presented to four different classes, two of which were computer science classes, and the rest were computer engineering classes. The students ranged from grade 10 to grade 12. So James and I had to make slight changes to the content of our presentation to suit each class and grade. Overall, the presentations went very well, but both James and I were so familiar with our presentation by the end of the day, we could no longer tell whether or not it was as informative as we wanted it to be. But I hope that we still got our main messages across.
As expected, the students really liked the ShapeShop and BumpTop demos. What surprised me was how well the students liked the Twenty-One Game. I was worried at first because the nature of the game isn’t that exciting. However, as soon as the students started seeing the pattern (which didn’t take them very long! — kids are so smart nowadays!) they started to get really interested in learning the trick behind the game. But to get things started, it was all thanks to the Kit Kat bars that James brought along. :)
I definitely had an awesome time at Bayview Secondary yesterday, and I’m sure James did too! The teachers and the students were very nice! Hope they enjoyed our presentations!
Thank you Bayview Secondary for having us!