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How to Teach a 10-Year Old about Huffman Coding and Finite Automata (and Why)?
Quinta-feira 08 Março 2018, 16:00 - 18:00

We all experienced how a good scientific problem can tickle our brains, and how finding a good solution is like hearing a good joke. Children are natural-born researchers and our task is to keep them such. Computer science is an endless trove of interesting challenges; transforming them into everyday's problems make them accessible and interesting to children. CS Unplugged is a set of activities that stretch from binary numbers and error correction to sorting algorithms to NP-complete problems to cryptography to artificial intelligence, and it is suitable for children as young as 8 and as old as 80. In similar fashion, at the Beaver competition children help beavers solve problems that are essentially CS problems although the stories are about beavers crossing rivers and counting logs. These materials are suitable for schools, summer schools, workshops, science festivals...

See more on https://csunplugged.org (or dive directly into https://classic.csunplugged.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/CSUnpluggedTeachers-portuguese-brazil-feb-2011.pdf) or, much better still, attend a talk and discussion about experiences with using such materials for popularizing computer science.

Speaker: Janez Demsar (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

 

 

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