Google, UPEI hope to get junior high students interested in computer science

Published on April 20, 2017

Dr. Andrew Godbout with Grade 10 students Hailey LeClair and Eric Mann

©Photo by Frances Ann Squire/Special to The Guardian

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Students at UPEI will partner with Google in an effort to get junior high students on the Island interested in computer science.

Google is providing the funding for the initiative, IgniteCS, which will led by students in UPEI’s school of mathematical and computational sciences (SMCS).

IgniteCS will bring junior high students to UPEI to learn about computer science in an inclusive environment.

The initiative is led by SMCS professor Dr. Andrew Godbout, along with upper-year computer science students.

“Careers in mathematical and computational sciences are among the highest-rated and fastest-growing in the job market, and initiatives like IgniteCS gives students a glimpse at some of the CS that leads to these careers,” said SMCS associate dean Dr. Gordon MacDonald.

The program is free and open to 30 students in grades 7-9. It runs from April 24-28 from 5-7 p.m.

Registration is first come, first serve and runs until Friday, April 21, or until capacity is reached.

Registration and questions can be directed to ignitecsupei@gmail.com.