Computer Science Education Week 2011 (and Before/Beyond)


University Computer Science departments from every Canadian province will celebrate National Computer Science Education Week from December 4-10, 2011. This week is planned in recognition of the transformative role of computing and the need to bolster computer science at all educational levels.

Activities range from a full-day computer science fair for high school students to workshops for middle-schools students to public laboratory tours.

To learn more, visit the official CSEd Week website.

NOTE: Some events were scheduled before and beyond the official CSEd Week of Dec. 4-10, 2011, notably:

  • Before:

October 26, 2011: Bishop's University held a CS Day to introduce young people to the field of computer science. View the CS Day event details, the event poster and photos.

  • Beyond:

January 13-15, 2012: Université de Montréal's Département d'Informatique et de R.O. will host a three day event called "Séjour découverte en informatique". This event is open to CEGEP students and secondary school students in their final year, and will introduce them to computer science topics and the "university life experience"

Participating Schools







 BC University of Victoria SPARCS - Solving Problems with Algorithms, Robots and Computer Science - strives to enlighten and inform students from grade school to first year about the possibilities of Computer Science at UVic and beyond using fun and innovative methods while contributing original research to the Computer Science Education community. CS Dept. Event
 AL University of Alberta Launch CS, a site created by the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta to help show you the opportunities that computing can offer today and tomorrow CS Dept. Event
 AL University of Calgary Dec. 5 and Dec. 6: Speaker's Bureau talks in High Schools

Dec. 9: LINDSAY Lab tour; SurfNet Lab Tour; iLab Tour

CS Dept. Events
 AL University of Lethbridge   CS Dept. Event
 SK University of Regina Dec. 6: Luncheon co-hosted by CIPS and the U of R CS Dept. Speaker will be Dean Elliott, Science Consultant for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, who will be talking
about the future of K-12 Computer Science Education in Saskatchewan. Click here for tickets. (Registration Deadline: Friday December 2, 2011.)Dec. 7: Professional Development Day for teachers in Grades 6-12 "Putting Computing into Science". $40 + GST includes parking, lunch, and take-home resources. Remote participation is available. Click here for more information and a link to register.

CS Dept. Event
(Dec. 6)
(Dec 7)

 SK University of Saskatchewan Dec. 6-8: Lego Robotics workshops for grade 4-10 aboriginal students who are part of the Kamskénow Program.

Dec. 7: "Active Bodies, Healthy Minds" is offered to grade 7 students from SilverSpring Elementary School.

Dec. 9: "What Computer Science has to offer" is organized for grade
8 students from the Saskatoon Public School ScienceTrek Program.

Dec. 13: Connected 2011 is a one day event for grade 10-12 female students to learn about career options in digital media and computing.

CS Dept. Events
 MN University of Manitoba   CS Dept. Event
 ON Brock University Dec. 9: Computer Science Fair for High School students CS Dept. Event
 ON University of Guelph   CS Dept. Event
 ON Lakehead University   CS Dept. Event
 ON Laurentian University   CS Dept. Event
 ON University of Ottawa   CS Dept. Event
 ON Queen's University Dec. 9: School of Computing Open House CS Dept. Event
 ON Royal Millitary College of Canada   CS Dept. Event
 ON University of Toronto   CS Dept. Event
 ON University of Toronto - Mississauga   CS Dept. Event
 ON University of Waterloo Dec. 6: CS4U Day 2011

Dec. 9: PC4G - Programming Challenge for Girls

CS Dept. Event
(Dec. 6)
(Dec. 9)

 ON University of Western Ontario   CS Dept. Event
 PQ Bishop's University Oct. 26, 2011: CS Day - activities were intended to introduce young people to computer science and IT domains and to encourage them to consider further studies in these fields CS Dept. Event



 PQ Concordia University   CS Dept. Event
 PQ École Polytechnique Montréal   CS Dept. Event
 PQ École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS)   CS Dept. Event
 PQ McGill University   CS Dept. Event
 PQ Université Laval   CS Dept. Event
 PQ Université de Montréal Jan. 13-15, 2012: Séjour découverte en informatique CS Dept. Event
 PQ Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)   CS Dept. Event
 PQ Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)   CS Dept. Event
 PQ Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO)   CS Dept. Event
 PQ Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)   CS Dept. Event
 PQ Université de Sherbrooke   CS Dept. Event
 NB University of New Brunswick Dec. 8 & 9: Computer Science Unplugged: Interactive sessions, with grade 5 students, on computing concepts without using computers at all, will be held in two different elementary schools in the Fredericton area. CS Dept. Event
 PE University of Prince Edward Island 2011 Junior/Senior High Game Design Competition CS Dept. Event
 NS Acadia University Dec. 5-11: The School of Computer Science has issued an open invitation for all high students, parents, teachers to visit

Dec 5-7: CS Society will host CS Movies and Pop-Corn for current students

Dec. 10 1-5pm: Will host a Scratch Programming workshop for
young people ages 12 to 15 -

Dec. 10: 1-2pm: Will host a workshop on "Careers in Digital Technologies: The growing link between Computer Science and high schools" for parents, teachers and guidance councillors

CS Dept. Events
 NS Dalhousie University Faculty of Computer Science will visit local high schools giving demos of student projects to senior math students. CS Dept. Event
 NS St. Francis Xavier University   CS Dept. Event
 NF Memorial University   CS Dept. Event