The Department of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill hosts approximately 1,500 visitors each year for various outreach activities. Our main areas of outreach include demonstrations for group visits, enabling technology demonstrations, collaborative outreach, conferences & competitions.outreach

Department Visits

School and Extracurricular Groups

Middle School and High School Open House

The next Middle School and High School Open House will be held in the fall semester of 2019.

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 our Open House event, school and extracurricular groups can 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 at Carolina.

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

The event will take place in Sitterson Hall.  Our address is 201 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

We welcome both groups and individuals to this event.

While you’re here, we hope you will enjoy your time on campus and check out Franklin Street for a local lunch!

UNC Computer Science Open House Logistics Information


Women in Computer Science

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.


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.



The UNC Science Expo

Visitors have the chance to tour labs, speak to scientists, and participate in many hands-on science activities.


Recruiting and Sponsorship