Freshman spent the morning building structures with Keva planks last week. While it seems a stretch, Professor Johnson says – “This has all the hallmarks of programming. A clear problem to solve (highest tower), a small vocabulary (orientation of blocks), a need for repetition that can be expressed as an algorithm (the building’s structure), and limited resources (students only get 100 blocks).”
“And, it’s social. The greatest predictor of success for our students is the peer networks they establish. Exercises like this help them build those networks.” Johnson concluded. It does look like a good time.