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1 How we rekindled our love affair with CS… …one couple's story. Harvey Mudd College Zachary Dodds

2 CS 1 for scientists breadth-first and -last

3 CS 1 for scientists breadth-first and -last CS's relevance synthetic creativityanalytic creativity return dot( sound, sinWave ) def fft( sound, freq ): sinWave = oneFreq( freq ) vs.

4 CS 1 for scientists breadth-first and -last CS ~ "Grady's glimpse" ~ beauty per se return dot( sound, sinWave ) def fft( sound, freq ): sinWave = oneFreq( freq ) vs. objects & classes imperative structures functional programming FSMs & Decidability machine- level

5 Data! 0.83 correlation !

6 Data! What is learned is the square root of what is taught correlation !

7 The Ramp success with hw problem extra credit and beyond! provided Compelling contexts and motivations… push gradesself-perception challengeexpectations pull big ideas Ownership & Creativity in CS 1 choose! mix-and-match shared experience

8 Results. 500% increase (in faculty involvement) … is reflected back. CS 0, offered Spring 2009 BioCS1, to be offered Fall 2009 applying for summer research more CS-savvy and more excited PBJA outward… CS 1 is where we are now most passionate. outreach to other departments Students are checking out CS 2… Faculty


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