Science@IUPUI Gears Up for Computer Science Day March 16, 2012

Release Date: 
Feb 13 2012

The Department of Computer and Information Science and the School of Science at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will host the sixth annual Computer Science Day for high school students on Friday, March 16, 2012. This event is open to public, while students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete in several problem solving and design contests.

Opportunities for students at all levels to learn and develop new programming skills

Students will have the opportunity to compete in several contest tracks: programming and problem solving, web development, and game programming. These students will not only work as a team to develop and solve problems, but come away from the competition with a deeper understanding of teamwork, software tools and deadlines while solving real-world challenges.

Participating teacher credit and other opportunities

Participating teachers will earn three certification renewal credits for attending our sessions which will include the presentations from IUPUI faculty on helpful tools that can be used in the classroom to meet state standards on courses such as Computer Programming and Computer Applications. 

Keynote Speaker Kris Van Hees, Principal Developer with Oracle

Kris will discuss some technical aspects of his dissertation research, as well as his journey from engineering to computer science, and the exciting advances in the area of user interface development for persons with disabilities.

“We’re extremely excited to host Computer Science Day again this year after our record setting attendance in 2011,” said Shiaofen Fang, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science Department at IUPUI. “We’re equally excited to welcome our Keynote Speaker Kris Van Hees to show students and the general public that there is a reason behind the algorithm. Kris’s work is just one example of how those who pursue a degree in computer science can have direct impact on quality of life for all people.”

Learn more and register for the Computer Science Day by visiting: (Registration closes March 9th, 2012)

The IUPUI Computer Science Club and Department of Computer & Information Science are the primary sponsors of this event as part of the School of Science’s commitment to advancing scientific minds, and fostering community interest in the sciences. Through this event, the department is committed to educating students, teachers, and parents about all the career paths possible through computer science.

The School of Science at IUPUI is committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in the biological, physical, behavioral and mathematical sciences. The School is dedicated to being a leading resource for interdisciplinary research and science education in support of Indiana's effort to expand and diversify its economy. For more information go to