January 11, 2019
To continue our celebration of computer science education, this week we hosted a group of professors from Dartmouth’s Computer Science Department who interacted with students in grades three through five. Dan Rockmore, a school board member, kicked off the week-long series of presentations, talking to third graders about the use of math in computer science and explaining how computers do web searches. Deeparnab Chakrabarty, a Ray School parent, demonstrated to Ms. Sexton’s class how to program a word-guessing game. Alberto Li presented on robotics and brought a real robot to demo with Mr. Scribner’s class.
The whole 4th grade participated in two activities. In the first activity, Amit Chakrabarti, also a Ray parent, showed how the Chinese Remainder Number Theorem works. In the second activity with Xia Zhou, students came up with their own flashlight codes to send number data. Bo Zhu presented to 5th graders samples of his work, connecting the areas of numerics, graphics, physics, and robotics. He shared that his interest in computer science really started when he was in 5th grade and became keenly interested in making toys that fly. Thank you, Dartmouth Computer Science Department, for the wonderful and engaging presentations. We hope that this series of talks from our community members has sparked interest among our Ray students about the field of computer science!