Fascinating informatics study week at USI
Institutional Communication Service
A group of 10 students from Swiss-German, Swiss-French and Swiss-Italian vocational and high schools spent six days at the USI Lugano campus, from September 11 to 16, to take part in the study week called “Fascinating Informatics”. Under the supervision of faculty and researchers of the USI Faculty of Informatics, the students were given the opportunity to create smartphone applications, to program microcontrollers, to develop 3D animations for videogames, and to program intelligent robots.
The initiative of the ‘Schweizer Jugend Forscht” (www.sjf.ch) aims at fostering a deeper knowledge and understanding of informatics by encouraging future generations to consider pursuing their education paths in this increasingly pervasive and infrastructural field of today’s society. USI participates in the event since 2008.
This year, just like in 2013, USI hosted the national finals of the study week – for the third time: on Saturday, September 16, twenty four students aged 16 to 20, hailing from all regions of Switzerland, presented the results of their work carried out at the University of Berne, the University of Applied Sciences at Brugg/Windisch and, of course, at USI. Public addresses at the awarding ceremony were given by Ralph Eichler, former President of ETH Zurich and member today of the SJF Board, by USI Rector Boas Erez, and by the newly-appointed Dean of the USI Faculty of Informatics, professor Antonio Carzaniga.