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High School students fine tune their computer skills in a practical assignment

Computer Science

Students in Intro to Computer Science had a little practical demonstration in how a computer will only do exactly what it is told to do in exactly the way it is told.    The assignment was to write an algorithm (set of instructions) for the creation of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.   Students got to test their instructions with one of three "computers" portrayed by Administrative Aide Randy Foster, FTA Blake Smith, or Instructor Marsha Bertram.   Each student read their instructions to a computer who attempted to create the sandwich using only the exact instructions given.  This also reinforced the definition of a computer as something that takes in input (directions), performs a process (create sandwich), stores data (the ingredients), and produces output (the sandwich).  Students were then allowed to consume the output of their instructions.  Most students discovered that they had made assumptions, which the computer did not understand.  Next up, students will write a set of instructions for an ATM withdrawal. No, the instructors won't be handing out money on that one...


WCHS Student making a sandwich

Wayne County High School students enjoyed the creative sandwich making computer assignment


Randy Foster helps students make sandwiches

WCHS Administrative Aide Randy Foster assisted students with the project

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