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LAUNCH and CS Detective

This summer two interesting books appeared, one teaches computer science concepts within a detective story, the other explores how teachers can use design thinking.

Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

by John Spencer (Author), A J Juliani (Author)
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. (May 18, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0996989544
ISBN-13: 978-0996989541

Educators John Spencer and A.J. Juliani know firsthand the challenges teachers face every day: School can be busy. Materials can be scarce. The creative process can seem confusing. Curriculum requirements can feel limiting. Those challenges too often bully creativity, pushing it to the side as an “enrichment activity” that gets put off or squeezed into the tiniest time block. We can do better. We must do better if we’re going to prepare students for their future.

LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student provides a process that can be incorporated into every class at every grade level … even if you don’t consider yourself a “creative teacher.”

The CS Detective: An Algorithmic Tale of Crime, Conspiracy, and Computation

by Jeremy Kubica
July 2016, 256 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-749-9

Meet Frank Runtime. Disgraced ex-detective. Hard-boiled private eye. Search expert. When a robbery hits police headquarters, it’s up to Frank Runtime and his extensive search skills to catch the culprits. In this detective story, you’ll learn how to use algorithmic tools to solve the case.

Jeremy Kubica is a principal engineer at Google working on machine learning and algorithms. He has a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in computer science from Cornell University. Kubica is the author of the popular Computational Fairy Tales blog. His newest book, CS Detective, uses algorithms and other computer science concepts to solve a mystery.

Learn More

The CS Detective: An Algorithmic Tale of Crime, Conspiracy, and Computation

https://www.nostarch.com/searchtale

Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

http://www.amazon.com/Launch-Design-Thinking-Creativity-Student/dp/0996989544/
http://thelaunchcycle.com/
https://youtu.be/LhQWrHQwYTk

Jeremy Kubica

http://computationaltales.blogspot.com
http://computationaltales.blogspot.com/p/book.html
https://twitter.com/compfairytales
https://vimeo.com/70188494

A.J. Juliani

http://ajjuliani.com/
https://twitter.com/ajjuliani

John Spencer

http://www.spencerauthor.com/
https://twitter.com/spencerideas
https://www.youtube.com/user/OurSocialVoice
https://youtu.be/mKvSCs2RsHs

Design Thinking Resources

This article explores the topic of design thinking with many links to explore.
https://www.kidscodecs.com/design-thinking-resources/

Also In The August 2016 Issue

Virtual and augmented reality replace or add computing to our real world experience.

What would you build if you had 10 weeks and access to Microsoft HoloLens and HTC Vive equipment and developers?

With end of year holidays fast approaching, here are 35 of the more interesting ideas for holiday STEAM gifts that introduce STEAM concepts in fun ways.

If you work in a school or community library, or an after school group, STEAM events can be a way to offer technology events for kids.

A short history of virtual and augmented reality with lots of links to learn more.

One thing programmers do all day is imagine. When someone asks them to solve a problem with code, they start thinking and dreaming.

There are several key skills that I believe you need to have if you want to be a software programmer.

What makes a programmer lousy is a good way to identify what makes a programmer great.

Virtual reality has brought to the masses an old problem with flight simulators: what happens when our brain, ears, and eyes disagree?

The dots and lines used in graph theory can solve interesting problems.

Links from the bottom of all the October 2016 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for October 2016.