Explore UT - "The Biggest Open House in Texas"

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Date: 
Mar 3, 2012 11:00am - 5:00pm

Join the Department of Computer Science on March 3 for Explore UT, the biggest open house in Texas!

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Computer Science Presentations

CS Advising Office
Advisors answer questions about CS major
ACES Connector Lobby
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

CS Advising Office: What It’s Like to Major in Computer Science
ACES 2.302
2-2:40 p.m.

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Computer Science Exhibits
All exhibits are open from 11 am - 4:40 pm

Visualization Experience, ACES 2.102
Dr. Chandra Bajaj

Computer Intelligence in Games, ENS 31 NN
Interact with intelligent & adaptive agents in computer games
Host: Dr. Risto Miikkulainen

RoboCup Teams in Action!
Soccer teams of robot dogs & humanoid robots
ENS 32
Host: Dr. Peter Stone

Human Behavior in Virtual Environments
Virtual reality art museum
ENS 32
Host: Dr. Dana Ballard

“Look Mom, No Driver!”
Car that drives autonomously
Parking Lot F15
Host: Dr. Peter Stone

Electronic Game Developer’s Society
Create & play a video game
ACES 24th St. Lobby
Host: EGaDS

Game Making with Scratch
Program a computer & make a video game
ACES 2.402
Host: Michael Scott

Visualization Experience
State-of-the-art technology in the Visualization Lab
ACES 2.102
Host: Dr. Chandra Bajaj

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History of Explore UT:
The University of Texas at Austin hosted its first “Explore UT” in 1999. Based on the model of an open house held during the university's Centennial observance in 1983, the 1999 program was called “UT Interactive: A Campus Wide Exploration.” The response to UT Interactive was overwhelming and in spring 2000, plans were made to establish a more permanent structure that would allow the program to be held annually beginning in 2001. The program name was changed and "Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas" was established.

Explore UT has been held the first Saturday of March since 2001. Like most open houses, it offers an opportunity to come "inside" — in this case, to see the university’s literary and art collections, learn about its cutting-edge research, experience its history and traditions, and interact with faculty, staff and students.

Purpose:
Explore UT aims to inform the public about the university’s mission — teaching, research and public service. It invites Texans of all ages to experience the intellectual life, technological advances and rich resources of a world-class university. It helps them see how the university is shaping the future.

Explore UT seeks to broaden the horizons of schoolchildren and motivate them to aspire to higher education. It seeks to help parents and teachers instill the excitement and wonder of learning in children. It welcomes alumni to re-connect with the institution that prepared them for their careers.

The University of Texas at Austin belongs to the citizens of Texas. Explore UT is an opportunity for people to enhance that sense of ownership.

Coordinators and Sponsors:
Explore UT is coordinated by University Events of The University of Texas at Austin, the office responsible for planning and executing major campus events such as Commencement. The unit is part of the Development Office.

The major sponsor of Explore UT is the University Co-op, the bookstore at 2246 Guadalupe Street that has served the university community since 1896.

Event Website: http://bit.ly/exut12