Department of Computer Science opens doors for 2019 Middle School/High School Open House

Undergraduate student Victor Murta shows the Nao robot during the 2019 MS/HS Open House
Undergraduate student Victor Murta demos the Nao robot to a group of visitors in the Computational Robotics Lab

The UNC Department of Computer Science welcomed hundreds of visitors to its fourth annual Middle School and High School Open House on Saturday, September 14. The outreach event allows attendees to see demonstrations of computer science research and hardware and learn about how to prepare to study computer science in college.

Inside Sitterson Hall and Brooks Building, guests could experience 22 unique demos spread across three floors, including seven different laboratory spaces. These included virtual and augmented reality devices, a humanoid robot, automatic object detection and language generation from video, an autonomous RC car, a hackable arcade game used in undergraduate computer security courses, a 3D printer, a data visualization tool utilized by radiologists, and much more. Demos were staffed by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members from the Department of Computer Science, giving visitors the opportunity to ask questions about department life as well as research.

High school students and their parents could sign up for one of three 45-minute information sessions to learn about computer science at UNC and ask questions about the major and preparing for college. The information sessions were led by Department Chair Kevin Jeffay and featured a panel of undergraduate student ambassadors.

The Middle School and High School Open House is one of the department’s two open house outreach events held each year. If you are interested in learning more about computer science at UNC, we invite you to visit Sitterson Hall and Brooks Building during the UNC Science Expo on April 4, 2020. The next Middle School and High School Open House will be held on a Saturday in the fall of 2020. You can learn more at

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