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Computer Science Not Just for Geeks and Nerds

December 8, 2010 7:08 AM | News

Benjamin, Doug and Gary were portrayed as nerds in an episode of "The Simpsons." (20TH CENTURY FOX)

It’s Computer Science Education Week at the University of Manitoba, which in part, will work to dispel the myth that computer science is only for geeks and nerds.

The goal of the week-long celebration is to highlight the diversity of jobs and educational opportunities in computer science. Events are taking place at universities across the country from December 5 to 11 and will range from open houses to public lectures to hands-on activities.

The University of Manitoba has already marked the week by hanging a QR Code-embedded banner in the Engineering and Information Technology Centre (EITC) atrium, challenging students and staff to decipher the code using a smartphone.

This morning at 10:30 a.m., the computer science department will host a special seminar on reading and creating QR codes in Java. The seminar is open to anyone interested and is being held in Room E2-450 (EITC) on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus.