I went to Almonte and District High School yesterday for a pilot project called Futures Fair. Community members were invited to give workshops and mock university lectures to students who could sign up for the topics they were interested in. I did my usual computer science stuff, this time talking about how artificial intelligence and computer graphics are used in games.
One of the coolest things was seeing a girl from my very first mini-course Computer Science and Games: Just for Girls! four years ago. She was in grade nine then, and grade twelve now. She was so excited to see me, and still totally enthusiastic about the CS stuff I talked about and the activities we did. She showed good understanding of the material, too. It was awesome!
Of course, I then had to ask her what she had applied for at university. I secretly crossed my fingers it would be something technical.
Political science and law.
(Needless to say I was sad. I did at least tell her she could consider a minor in CS.)