Berkeley’s CS Course on Beauty and Joy

December 18, 2009 at 11:30 am 1 comment

Berkeley is teaching a new course using Scratch that emphasizes the Beauty and Joy of computing. The goal is to draw students into computing and for them to see the breadth of what is computer science.

CS39N features more than just programming. Earlier in the month, the class discussed the effect of computing on privacy, from the pros and cons of national ID cards to the whole-body imaging machines that have been accused of giving air travelers a virtual strip search. By facilitating these discussions, instructors hope to draw a direct line between the abstraction of computing and young people’s daily lives.

via Oh! The Beauty and Joy of Computing — UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

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