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Computer Science CONNECT

Computer Science students are invited to get connected during this optional and FREE 5-day workshop series between August 23rd to August 27th. This series includes everything from learning GitHub basics, Elm programming, design thinking, networking opportunities, a hackathon, and more!

What is CompSci CONNECT?

CompSci CONNECT is an optional 5-day workshop series available to all students entering their first year of the Computer Science program. Sessions include programming fundamentals, an upper-year student panel, a meet the department panel, a hackathon, and more! If you're an incoming Computer Science student, this is a great opportunity to get an introduction to web programming languages and design thinking, while also learning leadership and interpersonal skills. You will also have the chance to participate in networking opportunities where you can connect with new and upper-year Computer Science students.

Workshop Schedule

This session runs from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST. Join us for introduction to what the next week will look like. Meet CompSci faculty as well as upper-year students to get all of your burning questions about McMaster, the Computing and Software department, and even campus life answered by instructors and students who were once in your position!
 
After the panels conclude, an experienced instructor will lead a workshop on the foundations of GitHub. This is a great opportunity to get introduced to first year platforms and begin setting up a professional web portfolio with live help from mentors!

In the first part of a 2-day workshop series running from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST, begin learning functional programming skills and work towards the development of a web-based application. Instructors will provide a crash course on the basics of Elm and will support you as you work through a series of intriguing workshop problems.

This workshop teaches you the skills necessary to begin working on the hackathon problem that will be presented on day 3.

Meet and work with students in your program and learn about various design thinking principles through our first ever hackathon!

In the morning session of this day, running from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST, students will be introduced to key design thinking concepts that will be used in first year courses. You will form groups and get an introduction to the hackathon topic.

The afternoon session, running from approximately 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EST, will serve as the first work period for the hackathon. You will work in small groups with live help from mentors to begin planning and developing your hackathon project.

In the second part of a 2-day workshop series running from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST, continue learning functional programming skills and work towards the development of a web-based application. Instructors will provide a crash course on more advanced concepts of Elm and will support you as you work through a series of intriguing workshop problems.

This workshop teaches you the skills necessary to continue working on your hackathon problem that was presented on day 3. 

The morning session of this day, running from approximately 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST, will serve as the second and final work period for the hackathon. You will work in small groups with live help from mentors to finish your hackathon project.

Join us from approximately 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM EST for a fun-filled afternoon of games with mentors and other students! This is a great opportunity to meet other students in your program and start building friendships!

Stay for the end of the CONNECT week where prizes will be given to the top-scoring teams of the hackathon!

Important Notes:

  • This workshop series is free, optional, and has no impact on your grades.

  • The hackathon builds on content covered in Day 2, Day 3, and Day 4.

  • Day 3 Afternoon and Day 5 Morning are independent hackathon work periods. Mentors will be available throughout the sessions to assist you with the project.

  • You will be placed in groups for the duration of the hackathon. Your group can attend any length of the session you are available for.

  • This workshop is only available to enrolled Computer Science students.

  • Hardware and software requirements to be provided closer to the workshop dates

  • CONNECT is an optional workshop series hosted by the EMBER program. You must have signed up through the EMBER registration portal.