Teaching the Principles of Computer Science to Primary-Aged Children

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Teaching the Principles of Computer Science to Primary-Aged Children – – Prof Barry OSullivan, University College Cork

Computers are extremely important in modern life. Understanding how they work, how they reason, how they “think”, what are their limitations, is a fascinating subject called computer science.
This lecture is focused on making the fundamental ideas of computer science accessible to children from the ages of 7-12 and their families. We present a set of learning activities that teach computer science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. This lecture presents a subset of activities that form part of a Public Engagement Programme for Dublin City of Science 2012.
Barry O’Sullivan is Director of the Cork Constraint Computation Centre in the Computer Science Department at UCC, SFI Principal Investigator, President of the Association for Constraint Programming, Chairman of the Artificial Intelligence Association of Ireland, Coordinator of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics Working Group on Constraints, and Executive Council member of the Analytics Society of Ireland.

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