Learning to Think Like a Computer—Without a Computer

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Learning to Think Like a Computer—Without a Computer

Ubi de Feo, an Italian living in the Netherlands, wrote in to tell us about a series of workshops that he created entitled from 0 to C. The workshops teach students how computers work using everyday objects like M&M’s, ping-pong balls, cups, and wooden boxes. From 0 to C acts as an entrée into learning how to code in any language, but Ubi has plans to extend it to programming with an Arduino and other hardware. The pilot workshop was held in Amsterdam, and here’s hoping we’ll see it in other locations as well.

6 thoughts on “Learning to Think Like a Computer—Without a Computer

  1. shawnhcorey says:

    This reminders me of the old Bell Labs CARDIAC computer. http://blog.makezine.com/2005/10/22/bell-labs-science-experim/

  2. andrew says:

    The new site theme broke the favicon!

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  4. Diana Ofelia Flores Cruz says:

    Hi, as college teacher at Mexico, i’ve seen that lots of Computer Science students are struggling to get the basic principles of programming. I’m chemical engineer, but i’m familiar with programmation and now i’m very interested in helping them to understand the logical/mathematical concepts, when i saw this post, i thought “This is EXACTLY what i’m looking for!!!” Are there some didactic materials, a handbook or something? Of course i’ll give the credits, report the results, give feedback or more ideas to teach programation basics.

    Thanks in advance!

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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