Computer science was one of the many fields that I briefly considered majoring in while in college. I LOVED my freshman computer science class. From the very first time I made the computer spit out “Hello world”, I was hooked. The projects were so fun. I’d only been programming for about a month when we started writing our own simple computer games and making useful programs like a searchable address book. I honestly don’t remember why I didn’t choose computer science as my major. I had too many interests.
Anyway, it didn’t matter. The scientific world is so multidisciplinary that I ended up getting my PhD in mechanical engineering by using computer science to write a plasma physics code. Similarly, after graduating, I was a research scientist writing and running computer simulations of physics devices for aerospace applications.
In addition to software development, I’ve always had an interest in hardware as well. My husband and I have built several computers over the past 15 years, carefully selecting the components to fit our cost and performance needs. Someday soon I hope to build an inexpensive computer with my elementary-aged student. Sign up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date with all of my educational activities, reviews, and free printables.
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If your child has a serious interest in computer science, you might also be interested in some of the recommended products below. Click each picture for my full, detailed review:
Robot Turtles by Think Fun (~$20)
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