Young Minds Learn How to Think Like Computer Scientists at POSTECH-NAVER Boot Camp

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Young Minds Learn How to Think Like Computer Scientists  at POSTECH-NAVER Boot Camp
A group of eighty top-notch high school students from around the nation gathered on the POSTECH campus on August 3, 2015 for a rare opportunity to be immersed in the world of computer science and engineering at POSTECH-NAVER boot camp, also known as the Computational Thinking (CT) camp. Participants were selected at an acceptance rate of less than 15 percent for this joint initiative of POSTECH and NAVER Corporation (NAVER).
The three-day event featured a wealth of programs to help young talents build their creative and computational thinking skills and engineering mindset. Carrying out various activities and exercises, the participants learned how to think like computer scientists and tackle problems using algorithms and programming. Students of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at POSTECH, who helped plan and organize the activities, closely assisted and mentored the participants throughout the camp.   
“I wanted to get a sense of what it is like to study computer science in college,” commented Min-young Jung, a CT camp participant and junior at Wonhwa Girls’ High School. Min-young believes that “the experiences at the boot camp will be great help in deciding on a future path.”
The CT camp was sponsored by NAVER, the biggest web portal in the nation well known for its mobile messenger service ‘Line,’ as a part of the agreement between POSTECH and NAVER. The agreement, which was established in last April, promises support for initiatives and programs to identify and nurture the next generation of IT and computer science leaders.