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AUS inspires the next wave of tech leaders with computing camp
With a focus on hands-on experience and interdisciplinary learning, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) held its 16th High School Computing Camp, providing a unique and innovative learning experience for high school students in the UAE. The camp was designed to immerse participants in the world of computer science and engineering, giving them a deeper understanding of its potential impact in today’s digital era.
Through this virtual camp, 27 students in grades 10 to 12 from 15 UAE schools delved into a range of stimulating activities, receiving personalized guidance and feedback from experts in the field. Through the camp, students developed essential skills in computer science and engineering, preparing them for their future university and career life.
"We're excited to provide an online learning experience that will help students gain essential skills in computer science and engineering,” said Dr. Imran Zualkernan, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. ”The camp provided a venue for students to immerse themselves in the world of computer science and engineering. Its virtual delivery mode allowed students from across the UAE to participate in the camp and engage with experts in the field despite their location. Our ultimate goal was to inspire and encourage the next generation of innovators.”
The camp covered a wide range of topics including programming, technology and cybersecurity. Participants learned the basics of Python programming; the fundamentals of building a smart home and programming IoT devices; and how to build mobile apps, websites, computer networks and engaging games. The camp also introduced students to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, among other cutting-edge topics.
Several students spoke highly of their experience at the camp, including Priyanka Narayan, a grade 10 student from Delhi Private School, who said, ”I had a thrilling experience during the engaging and informative sessions over the four days. I gained a lot of knowledge of various topics in computer science and engineering. I would highly recommend this camp to any individual looking to expand his/her knowledge of these fields. I left motivated to continue exploring these exciting fields.”
Shamma Humaid Alshamsi, a grade 11 student from RAK American Academy, spoke about her experience, saying, “I'm eternally grateful to AUS for allowing me to explore the diverse lands of computing. Each intriguing session intertwined with each other like strings of a spider web, concocting a burning mixture of inquisitiveness, studiousness and open-mindedness.”
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in the AUS College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering. The CSE curriculum focuses on artificial intelligence, data science and smart cities. AUS is ranked among the top four in the UAE and top 450 universities globally for computer science and information systems, according to QS World University Subject Rankings (2023).
For more information on the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, visit www.aus.edu/cen/cse.