The Map of Computer Science is a YouTube animation that presents a survey of computer science—from the work of Alan Turing to augmented reality. In the short animated video, a YouTube educator, who is also a physicist and science writer, defines the computer according to its basic binary function of “just flipping zeros and ones.” He begins his condensed history of computer science with tragic genius Alan Turing of Turing Test and Bletchley Park code-breaking fame. A poster of the Map of Computer Science is available for $12.90.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Google’s Kick Start challenge offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programing skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that students get a sense of the technical skills needed for a career at Google.