Computer Science Outreach

Computer Science Department


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Passionate About Outreach

Here in the Computer Science Department, we are dedicated to continually improving our program and inspiring others to learn more about the possibilities in Computer Science.

We do this by:

  • Keeping in touch with the needs of the industry through our Industry Advisory Board.
  • Maintaining strong relationships with our alumni and do our best to keep in touch with graduates and supporters of our program via our Bulldog Bytes Newsletter.
  • Participating in many different types of outreach activities through Swenson College's Outreach Program, for example, hosting tours, visiting classrooms and offering hands-on activities at events.

Cybergames Youth League (UMDCYL)

The UMDCYL is a robotics and computer programming competition we offer for middle school students. Teams participate by designing and programming web-based virtual robotic machines in a virtual arena. The entire program is online and therefore only requires a web browser.

Registration takes place each spring and teams compete in a total of six competitions. In the six league competitions, each of the schools' machines will be pitted against those of other participants and faced with the challenge to track and outsmart the machines of the other teams.

The Cybergames are exciting, challenging, fun and intellectually stimulating.  They teach programming basics and, through competition, encourage students to create sophisticated designs with limited resources. 

The school with the best match record of the season is declared the winner. 

After the season's completion, UMD will host the UMDCYL Invitational on campus where students receive awards, meet students from other schools, play matches in person, enjoy free food, win prizes, and listen to speakers. Get started with Cybergames by visiting our online information tutorials.

Questions? Contact Dr. Peter Peterson at pahp@d.umn.edu.