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CS Education Week - University of Washington Paul G. Allen School

December 6, 2021 - December 11, 2021


Every year, the Allen School observes Computer Science Education Week, an initiative led by CSEdweek.org to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field.

For 2021, CSEdweek.org has a theme of #CSEverywhere

This year, we are inviting high school students and their communities of support to attend a series of virtual events run by our Allen School community members including faculty, students, and staff! These programs will expose students to a variety of subjects in computer science & engineering.

View the 2021 poster here.


Allen School Computer Science Education Week Schedule of Events


Read more about available events below, then RSVP here so we know how many people to plan for!
Our events require no knowledge in Computer Science (CS) unless noted below.


Monday, 12/6

Prospective Student Information Session

6:30PM-7:30PM PT

This presentation is intended for high school students who are interested in applying to the Allen School. We provide an overview of the application process and incorporate information about Allen School student life and experiences.


Tuesday, 12/7

Robot-Assisted Feeding Demo with Q&A

4:00PM-4:30PM PT

Join our demo to learn about how a robot can help feed people with mobility impairments! You will get to see a robot in action and learn about the challenges of developing assistive robots.


Computer Science Pathways Panel 1

4:30PM-5:30PM PT

During this panel, we will discuss computing topics including computing research and various classes you can take in our department! Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about computer science, college life, research, internships, and more. More specific field of panel expertise will be posted prior to event.


Wednesday, 12/8

Decoding DNA Data Storage

5:30PM-6:30PM PT

DNA is a new way to store data, including words, pictures, videos, and more. Join us to learn about how this works while decoding and writing secret messages!


A Day in the Life of an Allen School Student

6:30PM-7:30PM PT

This presentation covers information about what it’s like to be a college student studying computing! We discuss classroom experiences, extracurriculars, and more! There is an opportunity for Q&A at the end.


Thursday, 12/9

Classifying Wildlife Videos

4:30PM-5:30PM PT

Learn how machine learning can be used for classifying videos to study wildlife!


Demystifying the B^2 (Bitcoin and Blockchain)

5:30PM-6:15PM PT

Hey you! Have you been hearing about Bitcoin and Blockchain and wondering what they are or how they work? Come and learn about them through fun stories and activities :) No prior knowledge on computer science required!


Friday, 12/10

Tracking your heart rate and other things your computer can recognize!

3:30PM-4:00PM PT

Participants will first see how our lab uses sensors and machine learning to track your heart rate from your webcam, and then participants will learn how to use Google’s Teachable Machines to train their own model for tracking facial expressions, hand gestures, and more!


Why Clocks are Dangerous for Computers

4:00PM-4:30PM PT

While in computer security we try and make sure you can trust your computers, the toughest security problems come from unexpected places. This interactive activity will introduce you to surprising ways security and privacy in computers can rely on the secrecy of time.


Saturday, 12/11

Computer Science Pathways Panel 2

1:00PM-2:00PM PT

During this panel, we will discuss computing topics including computing research and various classes you can take in our department! Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about computer science, college life, research, internships, and more. More specific field of panel expertise will be posted prior to event.


Hour of Code: CodeQuilt

2:00PM-3:00PM PT

This Hour of Code activity, CodeQuilt, is a collaborative project in which students take ownership of their own stories about coding by designing digital quilt patches. This activity introduces students to basic programming concepts on Scratch while reflecting on who gets to code and what can be made with code.