IT Madness

Posted on July 18, 2022

From escape rooms to Artificial Intelligence (AI), the grade 10-12 scholars who participated in the UP IT Week (11 to 13 July 2022) had it all. Starting off with a bang on the 11th July 2022 with introductions to the School of Information Technology (SIT) to every department and degree found within the school. The scholars were informed with interesting facts and information to assist them with future options on which degree to pursue. One of the highlights of the first morning was seeing and interacting with the first robot librarian in Africa (Libby), and were treated to her amazing dance moves. After working up an appetite, everyone got to experience a Wacky Wednesday meal on a Monday (quite confusing). With their stomachs full and their minds ready for more information, they weren’t however ready for what was coming next, Escape rooms. Escape rooms is a challenging and fun game (designed to stretch the mind) with confusing riddles and puzzles, no one was ready to tackle head on. With worn out minds and tired souls, they were treated to Romans Pizza to bring a little more life into their bodies again. Readying themselves for an eventful second day.

With another early start on the second day, and lots of enthusiasm, the scholars had less of an information overloaded day their previous day. Starting off with a presentation given by Informatics, followed up with a once in a lifetime experience, the Virtual Reality Lab (part of the Department of Information Science). After lunch they got a tour of Hatfield Campus before the evening arrangements commenced. With quite a relaxed day behind them, the final day approached. The final day of IT Week brought forth experts in the different fields studied in SIT. Providing them with an understanding of what different disciplines are available within IT and a possible end goal they may be interested in achieving. The final presentations the scholars attended was about AI and how it is used in practice, showcased by Computer Science and Informatics. With a heavy heart, IT Week had come to a close, and many of the students wished the experience could have been longer. Say goodbye (for now) to their possible future university.

- Author Christina Firkins

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