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Join Us this Summer for SoarCS 2021

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Before the fall semester, the UMass Lowell Kennedy College of Sciences wants to give you a chance to meet your classmates and build skills to help you succeed in computer science.

Apply to SoarCS

That’s why we created SoarCS, where you will:

  • Learn coding skills and create an original project
  • Meet faculty and staff who will welcome you to UMass Lowell
  • Connect with new and returning students
  • Participate in Red Hat's DevConf.US conference in September
  • Make friends

Open to all first-year, full-time computer science students, SoarCS is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. We highly encourage students from multicultural backgrounds, first-generation students and female students to take advantage of the program.

Thanks to our sponsors, the program is free. Space is limited, so apply by Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

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Weekly Schedule

SoarCS will take place from Monday, July 12, 2021 through Thursday, August 5, 2021. It's a hybrid program where Monday and Wednesday sessions are via Zoom and Thursdays are in-person on the UMass Lowell Campus (with a concurrent remote option). Each week we will have a live video tutorial, two panels and a wrap-up/share out. All sessions will be available later as recordings. We’ll also have optional activities that you can complete on your own schedule, and an always-open chat space.

Before we start, we will send you a package of materials, including a micro:bit miniature computer and a T-shirt. To participate in the program, you need a PC, Mac or Chromebook with internet access, and an iPhone or Android phone.

Here’s what to expect each week:

  • Monday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Weekly kickoff with new technology lesson and hands-on time (Virtual)
  • Wednesday, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. – Special event panel with question and answer (Q&A) that may include current CS students, industry alumni and faculty researchers (Virtual)
  • Thursday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Share-out of your work from this week; special event panel (On-campus with an option for joining remotely)

When we all get together on campus during the academic year, we will have more opportunities for learning.



Please be in touch if you have any questions. Keep the learning going!

Prof. Fred Martin
Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning and Undergraduate Studies
Kennedy College of Sciences
Phone: 978-934-1964

SoarCS is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Red Hat and the Kennedy College of Sciences.