Photos from class February 20-24, 2006
Meet the Girls!
Logical Problem-Solving with Peanut Butter & Jelly
The girls learned about the difficulty of writing complete
instructions, much like a computer program, by writing instructions
for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They were divided into
3 groups, wrote the instructions, then switched instructions and
assembled the sandwiches according to another team's interpretation of
the instructions. Here are some photos from the event:
What's inside the computer?
The girls had their first opportunity to tear down a computer, see
what was inside, and learn about all the internal parts. They divided
into to different groups, one to tear down a Dell computer, and one
group to dismantle a Sun Ultra 5. They could compare the two
computers to see similarities and differences between the two. They
also were impressed by how many different vendors make the parts for
the internal workings of a computer and how many people this must
employ around the world. They found schematics from searching on the
web, and spent time investigating the function of individual parts
on the web. Here are some of the pictures as they attacked the
Breaking Down Stereotypes
The girls drew pictures and wrote personality characteristics of
typical computer scientists and then shared their drawings with each
other. In this group of young women, many had strong role models in
their lives and their drawings reflected that.
Here is Hannah with her computer scientist.
Virtual Reality Lab
We went to the virtual reality lab, and learned about visual
perception. In that lab, they study the human brain using the vision
system. The focus is on learning, perception, memory and problem
solving in their experiments. They are also using the virtual world
to retrain vision after a person has a stroke or brain injury.
Everyone got to participate in some virtual reality or eye-tracking
demonstrations. The students met Kelly Chajka, the lab assistant and Jelena Jovancevic, a graduate
student from Brain & Cognitive Science. Both Kelly and Jelena
discussed their work, and their academic pursuits that helped them arrive at studying perception in the
world of virtual reality. Here are some pictures from Thursday: