Informatics Circle

The Informatics Circle is a recurring interactive event for kids aged 7-14 that introduces them to concepts from computer science, much like the Edinburgh Maths Circle does for mathematics.

Informatics Circle

What is it?

The sessions present new topics as fun puzzles, to inspire children to think about the world in a computational way! Previous activities include sessions on binary numbers and machine translation, click on the links below for examples of these:

Activity - Binary Numbers

Activity - Translating the Agta Language

We usually divide the attendees into two age groups (7-10 and 11-14) so we can pitch our lessons at a suitable level. Previous events have been held online using Zoom and the interactive virtual environment gather.town although we would like to do in-person events in future, pandemic permitting.

Why do we need it?

We want to teach kids about computational thinking and not just about computers or programming. It has been said “Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.” Plus participants won’t need any particular software or hardware (other than their home computer if it’s online), so our sessions are accessible – you just need a pencil and paper (and maybe access to a printer to print the activities)!

Who are the organisers?

The events are run by a diverse team of staff and students who share the belief that bringing computer science concepts to a wider awareness is important. All organisers have PVG checks, and most are STEM ambassadors.

The current team includes:  

  • Ronald Cardenas Acosta 

  • Agostina Calabrese (she/her)  

  • Shay Cohen 

  • Yanna Peixoto Colmerauer Dos Santos 

  • Peter Macgregor  

  • Rimvydas Rubavicius  

  • Eddie Ungless (they/them, he/him) 

  • Emelie Van De Vreken (she/her)

  • Thomas Webster 

  • Zheng Zhao 

STEM ambassadors

How can I stay informed about future events?

We have a mailing list you can join to stay informed about future events, just email us at inf-circle-organisers@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk to be added.

Can I join the team?

We are always looking for people who are interested in planning new activities and running the events. Email us at inf-circle-organisers@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk.  

 

inf-circle-organisers@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk