Programming and Excel

Not everyone needs to be a programmer! You probably hear that a lot if you talk about trying to get more students to program. I know that I do. And of course there is some truth to that. But I believe programming is valuable for several reasons (learning critical thinking is one, algorithmic problem solving…

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But I Don’t Want to be a Programmer

One of the things I hear pretty regularly is that not everyone needs (or wants) to be a programmer. Some people want or perhaps even need to do some programming or more generally programming like activities but they don’t want to be full time programmers or computer scientists. These people can be a lot more…

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Fun With Formulas

Last week I was in Denver for a large middle school STEM event. They had a large selection of workshops for well over 1,000 middle school girls. My co-worker Hilary Pike did three workshops while I took care of our booth. During a lull I had a chance to visit other booths and one of…

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Programming in Applications

First a true confession – regular expressions are a pain for me. Oh don’t get me wrong, I think they are wonderful things in their place. I took a couple of compiler related courses and I studied them seriously. But somehow I still struggle with them. I am apparently not alone in this. I heard…

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