Seriously, what's he doing there?
posted on Nov. 10, 2013, 11:09 p.m. by Fernando Rodriguez

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Apparently, Computer Science Week is nigh (December 9-15) and The Hour of Code along with it. I know what you're thinking because I thought it too: what IS The Hour of Code? Luckily, here's a video link.
Wait, what is will.i.am doing in that video? ... Eh, no time to argue. OK, so basically it's people teaching newcomers about programming in a one-hour tutorial. That's pretty neat; I believe that programming is something anyone can learn to do, but it comes with a lot of frustrations not associated with any other discipline (what class assignment gets a zero for forgetting to write a semicolon!?). I think that programming needs to be taught carefully, emphasizing that although you can do anything with programming it takes a lot of hard work to make anything "cool" or "fun."
Teaching programming to newcomers would be something awesome.... for someone else to do :S Let me clarify: I LOVE teaching, and I would jump at the chance of using any excuse I can to do some teaching. However, I am currently working on my written preliminary exam, and that along with two course projects and my other STARS obligations has consumed 119% of my time. For what it's worth, I will be promoting well over one hour of programming for myself and my teammates for our class project :P
Good luck to all my fellow STARSicans with their plans!

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