News & Events
Williams College students and faculty attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing October 18-22, 2016.
The Computer Science Department is now accepting applications for teaching assistants and tutors for the Fall semester. We are interested in finding TAs for classes ranging from our introductory classes to our upper-level core classes and electives. You may be a TA for any class you have completed (or CS 134), and we encourage even those early in the major or who have taken only one or two CS courses to apply. Being a TA is a great opportunity to teach other students and to work closely with faculty as part of your life at Williams, and it can be a very rewarding experience. You are all encouraged to apply!
Matthew McNaughton ’16, Emily Roach ’16, and Leslie Chae ’16, participated in the Williams Elementary Outreach iTeam, a pilot program of CLiA. They worked with students at Brayton Elementary in North Adams for “The Hour of Code,” to introduce young students to what coding is and get them excited. The students had limited educational experiences with computers and computer science.
According to Leslie Chae, “CLiA has been working to get more educational technology integrated into the elementary schools and I believe that this session really proved that the kids are not only willing but excited to learn more. With the Angry Birds and Minesweeper games on the site, the kids used the iPads that the school provides to “code” character movement and actions using building blocks. By the end of the hour, the students were using concepts such as for and while loops to carry out these goals.”
Due to the success of the Hour of Code program, CLiA has begun to provide more educational technology in the classrooms, through internet researching sessions and Friday afternoon coding sessions, also assisted by Williams CS students.
Computer Science Faculty will hold advising hours for students interested in a CS major. Students who would like to major in Computer Science will meet with a faculty member during advising hours to sign a Major Declaration Form. This is also a chance to ask questions and to plan what courses will be taken to complete the major.
Advising hours are as follows: