Engagement and Discovery for K-12 Students

Get involved with computer science - after all, it's involved in nearly everything you love to do! CSE sponsors or collaborates with other organizations to provide a range of programs for grade school through high school students. These programs are designed to engage students in activites that stimulate an interest in engineering and computer science. Plus, they're fun!

High school programs:
Computational Linguistics CSE faculty are active in coaching high school students from around the country for competition each year in the International Linguistics Olympiad.

The Olympiad mimics the skills used by researchers and scholars in the field of computational linguistics, which is increasingly important for the United States and other countries. Using computational linguistics, experts can develop automated language technologies such as search engines and translation software that cut down on the time and training needed to work with other languages.

For more information on these programs, contact Prof. Dragomir Radev at .
Summer CS Camps Week-long summer programs for high school students include programs such as ENGAGE or The Grace Hopper Project. These programs are administered by the U-M Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, and CSE collaborates to support the CS activities.

While at CSE, students learn how cell phones, MP3 players, and videogames really work. They learn about the software and hardware behind Dance Dance Revolution, create their own music videos, learn about analog music, digital music, music videos, and data compression. Each day features hands-on activities during which campers can have fun applying what they learn.

For more information on these programs, contact Dr. David Chesney at .
LEAD Engineering Camp LEAD Engineering is a three-week residential camp that exists to introduce underrepresented minorities with outstanding academic performance and demonstrated leadership skills to the field of engineering. LEAD is a national program, and U-M's LEAD Engineering is administered through the Multicultural Engineering Programs Office (MEPO). CSE is active in developing and delivering content for the CS portions of the camp.

While at LEAD, students are able to engage in a substantial series of interactive studies of computer hardare and software.

For more information about LEAD Engineering, contact Dr. David Chesney at .
Middle school programs:
Summer CS Camps Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) is a week-long summer program for middle school students. The program is administered by the U-M Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program, and CSE collaborates to support the CS subject area.

GISE focuses on hands-on activities that are both fun and challenging. Campers elect a Focus Project in a particular subject area to attend each morning (chemistry, computer science, engineering, human genetics, physics, and robotics). Afternoons are spent in a variety of hands-on science and engineering activities, including group collaborative competitions, touring dynamic U-M labs, and learning about science and engineering careers.

For more information on these programs, contact Dr. David Chesney at .
Grade school programs:
In-Class Lessons In-school animation lessons using the education software programs Alice and Kodu. This article highlights the types of in-school programs that can be arranged through CSE.

For more information on these programs, contact Dr. David Chesney at .