Cal Day

Cal Day Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 21, 2018

9:00AM to 4:00PM

Kids watching self-guided robot cars on Cal Day (Steve McConnell)


The Beauty & Joy of Binary Numbers*
9:00AM-10:00AM, 306 Soda 
We will teach you some computer science through an interactive example, a magic trick, and show you the secret behind a very famous game so you’ll never lose again!

Tours of Cory Hall  (Eta Kappa Nu)
10:00AM-3:30PM, Outside 253 Cory Hall
Depart every 20 minutes from outside 253 Cory Hall.

Tours of Soda Hall  (Upsilon Pi Epsilon & Computer Science Undergraduate Association)
Depart every 30 minutes from the 3rd floor lobby of Soda Hall.

Information Table
10:00AM-2:00PM, 2nd floor Cory Hall

Staff and students will be available to discuss the EECS and L&S Computer Science program and share what life is like at Berkeley.

Information Table 
10:00AM-2:00PM, 3rd floor Soda Hall 
Staff and students will be available to discuss the L&S Computer Science program and share what life is like at Berkeley. 

UCBUGG animation shorts: A decade of great animation and imagery*
10:00AM-11:30AM, 306 Soda Hall 
Continuous showing of the best animation and images created by the UC Berkeley Undergraduate Graphics Group (UCBUGG) over the past decade. 

EECS Mechatronics*
10:00AM-12:00PM, 3rd floor Cory Hall

Come watch student-designed, self-driving, scale race cars sprint around a track. Using an array of sensors and actuators, students in EE192 build and tune cars to autonomously follow a 1-inch wide line as fast as possible.

CS Upper-Division Class Projects Exhibition (Upsilon Pi Epsilon)
10:00AM-12:00 PM, 320 Soda Hall
Come see what computer science is really like! Students will showcase live demos of projects from CS courses.

GamesCrafters: Undergraduate Game Theory Research and Development*
10:00AM-1:00PM, 341 Soda Hall 
Play some of the 2-person abstract strategy games that students have created for the GamesCrafters undergraduate research and development project.

Supernode Tours*
10:00AM-3:00PM, 246 Cory Hall
Interested in exploring a hackerspace? Come on a 10 minute tour to see what projects we have and learn little about what we do. We are a free, student-run hackerspace, conveniently located for all electrical engineering needs. We specialize in electrical engineering projects and integrations.

CalSol x Supernode*
10:00AM-3:00PM, 246 Cory Hall
You may have seen our car, but where do we build it? The electrical engineering team works out of Supernode. Come see our new projects!

Fun with Microcontrollers, HKN Workshop*
10:00AM-3:00PM, 140 Cory Hall
Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) will be holding short drop-in workshops on microcontroller circuits. Join us to learn how to program TI Launchpad microcontrollers to light LEDs in patterns, create sounds, and control other fun applications!

Robot Learning Lab: A Robot that Folds Laundry, High-Fives, and Hugs!*
10:00AM-1:00PM, Kvamme Atrium, 3rd floor Sutardja Dai Hall
The Robot Learning Lab (directed by Prof. Pieter Abbeel) conducts research on artificial intelligence techniques to make robots perform challenging tasks. BRETT, the first general purpose robot to tie knots and fold laundry, will be handing out high fives and hugs!

CITRIS High-Definition Time-Lapse Project*
10:00AM-1:00PM, 345 Sutardja Dai Hall (Tech Museum)
A Time-Lapse movie captures the multi-year construction of Sutardja Dai Hall, the headquarters for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. 

Microchips - The Heart of Electronics 
10:30AM-11:30AM, 289 Cory 

Before the advent of semiconductor chips, all of the world's computers combined were not even as powerful as one of our cell phones today. What are microchips, and what's in store for the future?

 Introductory CS Courses at UC Berkeley
11:00AM-12:00PM, 1 Pimentel Hall
The first two courses in the UC Berkeley CS curriculum are CS61A and CS61B. These courses are famously intense, awesome, and unique. We will discuss the curriculum, how they differ from similar courses elsewhere, and what it takes to succeed.

 CS Kickstart Alumni Panel
11:00AM-11:30AM, 380 Soda Hall
CS KickStart is a weeklong program designed for incoming freshmen to increase exposure to computer science. The program features programming lessons, guest speakers, and a company tour. CS KickStart has been ongoing for seven years, helping create a culture of inclusivity and fostering longterm friendships. Come hear CS KickStart alumni speak about their KickStart experience and their career paths from there! 

What is Moore’s Law and Why Should You Care?
11:00AM-12:30PM, 210 Jacobs Hall
First we will discuss Moore’s Law and how it affects our everyday lives. The second part is a hands-on lab in which participants get to tear down a popular electronic gadget and see what’s inside.

Computer Animation with UCBUGG: An Example from Start to Finish
11:30AM-12:00PM, 306 Soda Hall 
The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Graphics Group (UCBUGG) will demonstrate the entire computer animation short film production process in 30 minutes, from idea to final rendering.

Major Information Session for Freshmen admitted to L&S Intending CS
12:00PM- 1:00PM, 155 Dwinelle Hall
Detailed information about the BA program in Computer Science at UC Berkeley for students admitted to the 2018-2019 academic year.

Ten Principles for Social Media Privacy: Hear from an Expert
12:00PM-1:00PM, 306 Soda Hall 
If you’re participating in social media, you need to attend this talk. Come learn the facts behind the news: Who's watching who on the Internet, and how you can better protect your privacy.

PiE Robotics Demonstration*
12:00PM-2:00PM, 247 Cory Hall
Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) is a non-profit organization that provides a quality STEM learning experience for students in underserved Bay Area high schools. We run outreach workshops in the Fall and an annual 8-week robotics competition in the Spring. Come drive some of our staff-built robots and talk to PiE staff about how we develop our kits!

 Computer Science Mentors: Our Experiences and Advice for Learning EECS
12:00PM-3:00PM, 2nd floor Cory Courtyard
Stop by anytime to meet your future Computer Science Mentors! CSM is a student-run organization that provides personalized academic and social guidance to undergraduates. We organize small group tutoring sessions and individual mentorship to help students gain a deeper understanding of course concepts and develop a feeling of community. Learn more at

Major Information Session for Freshmen admitted to EECS
1:00PM- 2:00PM, 155 Dwinelle Hall
Detailed information about the BS program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley for students admitted to the 2018-2019 academic year.

EECS/CS Life from a Student Perspective
3:00PM-4:00PM, 155 Dwinelle Hall
An open discussion with current students about the EECS and L&S Computer Science programs.

                                  *Indicates events for kids