AUS hosts computing camp for high schoolers

AUS High School Computing Camp introduces students to computer engineering and innovation

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AUS hosts computing camp for high schoolers The AUS High School Computing Camp was held to engage students in computer science.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 4, 2018

American University of Sharjah has hosted a computing camp to introduce high school students to engineering design and innovation.

The five-day camp, which was organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at AUS, to teach students from grade 10-12 about the field of CSE.

Participating high school students 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 ranging from web development, robotics, smart homes and Internet of Things (IoT), mobile apps, programming, cyber security, and more. 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 is another step in the university's focus on 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 CSE and introduced them to this exciting field. 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."

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