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School of Computer Science
Level 4
Ingkarni Wardli Building
SA 5005

Telephone: +61 8 8313 4729
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Welcome to the School of Computer Science. This page describes the different activities and resources we provide for students, their teachers and schools to promote Computer Science in our community.

First Year Projects

One of the first courses that our students take in Introduction to Programming. We finished this course with a group programming project and, in semester 1 this year the project was to create a game, any game, as long as it was interesting and fun. Some of the projects are shown here. Play them now!

Annual Events

The School participates in annual events hosted by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences as listed below
  • Open Day give students and their families the opportunity to learn what we're all about and get all your uni questions answered. Make sure you mark Sunday 19 August in your diary.
  • Young Women in Technology Challenge : an event aimed at female students in years 9 and 10.
  • Tech School Day an invitational event focusing on the creative aspects of programming and problem solving.
We also host other organised events during the year such as the

Teachers workshops

CS4HS is a 2-day annual workshop that introduces CS topics and materials to middle and high school teacher. Our first workshop was run in January 2012 and received great feedback. Our second workshop was delivered on the 24-25th September 2012 and added Robotics and Enchanting to the program. There are plans to run the program in 2013, dates will be posted shortly.

School Visits

Visiting the School of Computer Science can be a great benefit to students who are considering university study, and the interaction with our staff and students will be a great motivator for students from Years 9 through 12. Presentations can be tailored to suit your needs, and we can accommodate groups of up to 20 students for one-hour or two-hour visits, including a UoA tour.

If interested, please fill this Enquiry form and select Computer Science as your area of interest.

Online links and resources to help you learn more about CS

  • CS for Fun is a site which shows present interdisciplinary computer science research in a fun, accessible and offbeat way.
  • CS and Programming an informal guide to programming, how to get started and its place in Computer Science.
  • NCSS Challenge is a "learn-as-you-go" programming competition in which you will be taught how to program as you compete rather than expecting you to be a coder already.
  • Light Bot is a popular flash game in which you must program a robot to go from one side of a maze to another. It provides an engaging introduction to programmer's logic for young kids; you may download it form here or play it online.
  • Scratch is a programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab that allows you to create interactive stories, animations and games.