Neil's News


16 July 2011

Recently I had the privilege of teaching and mentoring at Google's Computer Science Summer Institute[?]. Thirty high school graduates are given intensive lessons by Googlers for three weeks. It's wonderful to watch these young people progress from struggling with the concept of loops on day one, to writing code generators and finite state machines on day 20.

The final project which won the popular vote was a really solid implementation of Tic Tac Toe, with a twist:

For my own preparation I wrote a quickie Android application using App Inventor[?]. It watches the phone's accelerometers for periods of zero gravity and computes how high you threw your phone. You can download the source, but I'm not going to put it on the Android Market since I don't need the lawsuits. Consider it public domain.

[CSSI students in class]

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