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    Outreach in the Department of Computer Science

    The Department of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill hosts approximately 875 visitors each year for various outreach activities. Our main areas of outreach include demonstrations for group visits, enabling technology demonstrations, collaborative outreach, conferences & competitions.


    Department Visits

    School and Extracurricular Groups

    As a part of the Department’s outreach program, we invite high school and middle school students from across the state to visit and experience the exciting world of computer science. During this event, school and extracurricular groups get to participate in hands-on demonstrations, visit research labs to find out what computing is all about and talk with current students about why they chose Computer Science @ Carolina. Faculty will also be on hand to talk with students about what you can do with a CS degree and about the companies that employ our graduates.

    The demonstrations are popular among students and are meant to encourage all who participate to take higher-level math courses in high school.

    The Department's outreach places special emphasis on increasing the number of women in Computer Science. We partner with the Women and Mathematics (WAM) mentoring program which has brought more than 400 eighth-grade girls and their mentors to the Department to watch demos and also to discuss computer science with female faculty members and graduate students.


    Our Spring 2014 Middle School/High School Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014.

    Due to an overwhelming response, the form "UNC CS Middle School/High School Open House registration" is no longer accepting responses.

    We are currently considering changes to accommodate more people and will be back in touch. In the interim, please register on the waitlist.


    Enabling Technology

    Maze Day

    Maze Day invites blind and visually impaired students in kindergarten through 12th grade and their parent/guardians/teachers to the Department to experience a wide variety of educational games and tools created just for them.

    Tar Heel Reader

    Tar Heel Reader is a website designed to help teachers make easy-to-read books for children with disabilities, using the publishing platform Wordpress and Creative Commons images from Flickr.

    Hark the Sound

    Hark the Sound is a collection of free audio games for the web. Games have speech, sound, and graphics for players of all ages and abilities.



    North Carolina Science Festival

    The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology.



    Questions? Please contact the Department's Research Support and Communications team at

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