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How to Think Like a Computer Pattern recognition

A teenage programmer is giving her computer instructions on making a sandwich. She realizes that the pattern of slicing and layering are repeated – and finds this useful in writing her code. She uses a similar set of slicing and layering instructions to try to get the computer to make her dessert – with less success. Teacher Notes: Jumping off ...
  • 2016
  • 00:02:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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How to Think Like a Computer What is abstraction?

A teenage programmer finds out how to use abstraction in programming. She gives instructions to her "computer", a human figure with a monitor for a head. She asks him to let people in for a dance audition, only choosing those who can dance and want to dance. Because she doesn't specify in her code that the dancers have to be ...
  • 2016
  • 00:03:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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How to Think Like a Computer Algorithms

A teenage programmer creates an algorithm to teach her computer a dance routine. An algorithm is a clear sequence of instructions with a start, a finish, and usually some decisions in the middle. They can be expressed in a flow chart. The computer only makes mistakes if there are mistakes in the instructions.
  • 2016
  • 00:02:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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