Computer Science Popularization

Computer Science Unplugged!


The best resource we know for popularizing the mathematics behind computing is in the book Computer Science Unplugged! by Tim Bell, Ian Witten and Mike Fellows. Unplugged! has been translated into over ten languages, including Chinese, Korean, Spanish. Google has sponsored videos and additional material to make the book useful for teachers and workshop leaders. Unplugged! is available by download over the internet at Computer Science Unplugged!

The picture on the right shows Mike Fellows demonstrating the Sorting Tarp at a Math Day in Jena, Germany.

The British Faraday Christmas Lectures

Tune in to this famous series of Christmas lectures, given this year by Prof Chris Bishop, Head of Microsoft in UK. The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have been inspiring children and adults alike since 1825. The Christmas Lectures were initiated by Michael Faraday at a time when organised education for young people was scarce. He presented 19 series of Christmas Lectures himself, establishing an exciting new venture of teaching science to young people. Chris will include material and activities from Computer Science Unplugged in this year's lectures. Faraday Christmas Lectures

Dagstuhl Seminar for popularizing Computer Science.

2009 Dagstuhl Seminar 09142, 31.03.09 - 03.04.09. Perspectives Workshop: Preventing the Brainware Crisis. Organized by Stephan Diehl (Universit├Ąt Trier, DE), Mike Fellows (University of Newcastle, AU), Werner Hartmann (PH Bern, CH), Ulrike Stege (University of Victoria, CA)

The ACM-SIGCSE: Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education.

The ACM-SIGCSE (Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education) has special interest in Computer Science Unplugged! and has had several workshops at the annual conference. Contact person is Lynn Lambert, who has organized several of the workshops. Lynn is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She is actively involved in increasing participation in science and the computing sciences at many levels, having been Principal Investigator for one NSF-funded and three NASA-funded grants, serving as a research mentor in the CRA distributed mentor project, and doing frequent unplugged-type outreach especially at the elementary school level.

Computational Thinking

Professor Jeanette Wing is the President's Professor of Computer Science, Computer Science Department, Carnegie Mellon University. In "Viewpoint" in the COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM March 2006/Vol. 49, No. 3, Wing wrote an inspiring article **"Computational Thinking"**.

Wing's article begins:
Computational thinking builds on the power and limits of computing processes, whether they are executed by a human or by a machine. Computational methods and models give us the courage to solve problems and design systems that no one of us would be capable of tackling alone. Computational thinking confronts the riddle of machine intelligence: What can humans do better than computers? and What can computers do better than humans? Most fundamentally it addresses the question: What is computable? Today, we know only parts of the answers to such questions.

A special Institute at Carnegie Mellon produces materials for mathematical popularization.

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