March 4-7, 2014
Carnegie Science Center
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Derek Lomas is a pursuing his PhD in the Human and Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He co-founded Playpower Labs and was one of three recent winners in a competition across CMU.
We all know video games can be fun, but do they serve other purposes? This new company is combining game design and learning science. Derek shares gaming as he experienced it in his time overseas in India, as well as the gender imbalance in gaming and the purported "gender-gap" in technology. Participants will meet Derek and have a chance to participate in a Q & A session.
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Unplugged: computer science isn't really about computers at all. It's binary numbers, algorithms, data compression & fun!
Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python (more advanced!)
This IBM portal provides games, resources and information. Learn - to host programming contests - about new contests and - about the exciting things you can do with basic, easy-to-learn programming skills.
MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
MS-PS4-3. Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals.