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Computational Thinking: Styles May Differ, But the Need is Evident

April 1st, 2012 in Significant Bits, Uncategorized

The New York Times published an article entitled “Computer Science for the rest of us“, in which the multiple styles of how to teach “Computational Thinking” were discussed. According to Jeannette Wing, former Head of the NSF CISE Directorate and Chair of CMU’s CS Department: “Computational thinking is a fundamental skill for everyone, not just for computer scientists. To reading, writing and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child’s analytical ability.” [Read More]

Institute-Sponsored BU Team Earns Judges’ Highest Scores at SC’11

April 1st, 2012 in BU News, Institute News, Uncategorized

Boston University’s Student Cluster Challenge (SCC) team was one of eight teams participating in a competition — held at the Supercomputing Convention (SC11) – to design a computer hardware and software network to demonstrate sustained performance in a series of science and engineering challenges. The BU team received the judges’ highest score but was edged out for the overall prize by the reigning champions from National Tsinghua University in Taiwan. BU’s team, sponsored by Silicon Mechanics, a HPC provider, and the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, was made up of six students – Michael Abed (ECE ’14), Richard T. Black (ECE ’13), Derek J. DaSilva (CS, SMG ’12), John-Nicholas Furst (ECE ’13), and twins, Dusan and Darko Stosic (both Physics ’14). Dan Kamalic, manager of research computing in the College of Engineering, is their coach. [Read More]