Coding, Games & Robotics

What is a computer?

What is a computer? You can start here, for something similar to what you are thinking… But perhaps there are some that do not even use electricity? Or perhaps may not even have moving parts? We define a computer as

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What is a computer?

What is a computer? You can start here, for something similar to what you are thinking… But perhaps there are some that do not even use electricity? Or perhaps may not even have moving parts? We define a computer as

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History of Computing

What types of things do you compute every day? When you play video games or even board games, are you computing? What sorts of things are you computing? Think specifically about passive computing. What types of things might you do

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History of Computing

What types of things do you compute every day? When you play video games or even board games, are you computing? What sorts of things are you computing? Think specifically about passive computing. What types of things might you do

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Intro activities

Sometimes we don’t have access to a computer or to an internet connection, but there are still ways to learn Computer science. These are some activities we will do in class to introduce you to computer science. 1. These are some

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Intro activities

Sometimes we don’t have access to a computer or to an internet connection, but there are still ways to learn Computer science. These are some activities we will do in class to introduce you to computer science. 1. These are some

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App Lab

App Lab is a programming environment where you can make simple apps. Design an app, code with blocks or JavaScript to make it work, then share your app in seconds. It uses block programming, like Scratch. Access it here.  It

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App Lab

App Lab is a programming environment where you can make simple apps. Design an app, code with blocks or JavaScript to make it work, then share your app in seconds. It uses block programming, like Scratch. Access it here.  It

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Basic glossary

abstraction Pulling out specific differences to make one solution work for multiple problems. algorithm A list of steps to finish a task. A set of instructions that can be performed with or without a computer. For example, the collection of

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Basic glossary

abstraction Pulling out specific differences to make one solution work for multiple problems. algorithm A list of steps to finish a task. A set of instructions that can be performed with or without a computer. For example, the collection of

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Are video games really that bad?

The video game industry is a global phenomenon. There are over 1.2 billion gamers across the planet, with sales projected soon to pass $100 billion per year. But their very popularity fuels the controversy that surrounds them. They frequently stand

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Are video games really that bad?

The video game industry is a global phenomenon. There are over 1.2 billion gamers across the planet, with sales projected soon to pass $100 billion per year. But their very popularity fuels the controversy that surrounds them. They frequently stand

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Do video games make you smarter?

Do kids these days have short attention spans, or does the world just move too slow? Gabe Zichermann suggests that today’s video games are making children smarter — and we should all embrace gamification. Gabe Zichermann is an entrepreneur and

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Do video games make you smarter?

Do kids these days have short attention spans, or does the world just move too slow? Gabe Zichermann suggests that today’s video games are making children smarter — and we should all embrace gamification. Gabe Zichermann is an entrepreneur and

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Video games and violence

In our continuing look at the gun debate for PBS’s weeklong special “After Newtown,” Jeffrey Brown explores whether there is any connection between violent video games and violent behavior. And also this article: Defeated Videogame-Violence Experts: Science Was on Our Side

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Video games and violence

In our continuing look at the gun debate for PBS’s weeklong special “After Newtown,” Jeffrey Brown explores whether there is any connection between violent video games and violent behavior. And also this article: Defeated Videogame-Violence Experts: Science Was on Our Side

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Video games for girls

Laurel’s talk on addressing the wants of younger female gamers came at a time in which the entire industry was ignoring this entire demographic. And her discussion of the challenges therein make for fascinating viewing. One of the earliest TED

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Video games for girls

Laurel’s talk on addressing the wants of younger female gamers came at a time in which the entire industry was ignoring this entire demographic. And her discussion of the challenges therein make for fascinating viewing. One of the earliest TED

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