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AUS High School Computing Camp introduces students to engineering design and innovation
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) recently held the AUS High School Computing Camp, an exciting new initiative for high school students across the country to help them learn about the dynamic field of CSE..
The computing camp introduced students from grade 10—12 to various aspects of engineering design and innovation. Participating high school students in the five-day camp came from schools that are part of the Sharakah program; a partnership between AUS and select high schools across the country.
This new initiative focused on a wide variety of topics. The aim was to serve students in building their technical and soft skills through presentations, problem solving, teamwork, communication skills, and time management with the help and guidance of instructors from CSE. A competition was also held at the conclusion of the camp.
During the five days camp, students were introduced to various concepts covering a wide spectrum of computing as they were introduced to basics of electric and digital systems and worked on building their first simple digital circuits. Participants were also introduced to the basics of programming and created their first C++ programs to solve different problems. The camp also allowed them to focus on building simple Android Apps as well as developing basic HTML webpages. They were introduced to the concept of robotics and worked on building their own robots to perform autonomous tasks such as Sumo Fighting Robots. Lastly, students were introduced to one of the hottest topics in computing today which is the Internet of Things (IoT) and taught to use their basic knowledge in developing a smart home web-based controller.
The successful camp was another step in the university’s aim of engaging with and promoting research and STEM subjects within the larger community.
Dr. Fadi Aloul, Professor and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and organizer of the computing camp, spoke about goal of the camp and said:
“The AUS High School Computing Camp introduced high school students to different areas of the exciting field of CSE. The goal was to give students an insight in to how this profession impacts the world and how they could be a part of it. The camp was a great way for students to spend their winter break and invest their minds dealing with and learning from beneficial ideas that serve an essential purpose.”
Ahmed Atalla, a grade 11 student from National Charity School in Dubai, said:
“I joined the camp to learn programming and web development and loved the experience, especially the robotics session. I hope to be here again soon to attend a new camp with new topics.”