On the 7th December 2011, the DPE Academic team exhibited at the annual Microsoft Research Cambridge Think Computer Science event held this year at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Here is a write-up from Geoff Hughes of the days events.
A suitably expansive and fun venue for the focus of the event - Inspiring 12-14 year old school children to “Think Computer Science”
“..Through the work at Microsoft Research in Cambridge and our collaborative partnerships, we strive to inspire and support students early on in their education. Think Computer Science is an annual event we hold to showcase the work of computer science researchers, to educate and enthuse students about the field of computer science…”
Over 600 students attended the event and were able to learn from the inspirational talks, view and interact with the latest technologies in production and in development. The talks from the event will be loaded on to the ‘Gallery’ section of the website in the coming weeks. I would encourage you to take a look.
The students were able to get hands-on with the latest Windows Phone Handsets from HTC, LG, Nokia and Samsung as well as learn about Microsoft’s www.dreamspark.com program, designed to make available Microsoft developer tools to help students and teachers advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering activities.
We were joined by http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com/ with their super NAO Robot! He stole the show with his “lifelike” antics – with the Skeletal tracking technology in Kinect correctly identified him as being “human”
If you would like to register your interest for the next Think Computer Science event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and if you want to investigate in more depth the work that Microsoft Research conducts please visit: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/labs/cambridge/default.aspx