CS KickStart is a one week introductory course for incoming women at Berkeley that are interested in math, science or engineering. Approximately 30 participants will come to Berkeley a week before the regular semester (08/12/2012-08/17/2012) to participate in a unique set of activities. Students will learn how to program, find out about the various domains of computer science and meet computer science students and professionals. We hope to be able to offer the program free of charge to students. Participants will be housed on campus and will experience computer science through a variety of activities including:
- Programming Labs: During the computer programming labs, students will acquire basic computer programming skills and work on a team project.
- What is Computer Science?: To develop students understanding of computer science, we will host a series of talks from ”How computer science is going to save the world” to one hour lectures about computer
security, computer graphics, computer systems, computational biology and data management.
- Who are Computer Scientists?: Alumnae working in industry and academia will visit our program to talk to students about their job as a computer scientist.
- Life at Berkeley: Three formal information sessions as well as informal mentoring will allow participants to learn from current undergraduates about utilizing campus services and navigating within the computer science major and minor at Berkeley.
- Field Trip: Students will visit Silicon Valley company to explore an example work environment for a computer scientist.
- Social Activities: In addition to the daily activities, students will participate in a number of social activities led by current undergraduates (e.g. ice cream social, game night) to create a network of students that together may promote a climate of inclusion within the EECS department.