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    I was watching a video that explained how computers processed new information, and how some of these processes are comparable to the human brain. That got me into this article, which talks about how our computers can't fully think on their own yet, but in the future, may be able to perform several tasks at the same time, as neurons do.

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    For web app development, I think Python would be a great starter coding language! It was one of my first languages I've learned and enjoyed, especially due to the readability nature of the syntax. Python can also be very flexible for coders on all levels, from beginners to experts in the tech industry. It would be easy to teach concepts and run it on Python, which would help given that your audience is super young! 


    I'm not experienced enough in mobile app development to recommend a suitable language, but I think it would be a much harder task to teach middle schoolers as opposed to learning and grasping the fundamentals of programming. It would be really cool if anyone had recommendations in mobile app development though! I'm interested in finding out as well.

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    I found this article after attending a club meeting where our guest speaker was a Data Scientist at Netflix. I found her work in the field fascinating, especially when she mentioned how she took large amounts of data and wrote code to automate analysis, or how companies with such massive inputs of consumer data store this information. I was astonished when she brought up the fact that women make up only 16%-25% of data jobs at major tech companies. Given how integral data science is to machine learning and in managing big data, I feel that this highlights the need for more exposure to this field. Personally, I was extremely inspired when she mentioned how she started out in a completely different major and transitioned into data science later in her career by teaching herself languages like SQL, R, and Python.

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    Although this interview with Melinda Gates came out a while ago, it's incredibly powerful and draws attention to the problems that women in tech constantly face. I'm sure many were angered after comments from a former male google employee on the merits of women engineers, and rightfully so. Gates' perspective shows how gender disparity in the computer science/engineering field continues to grow and why this is happening. Another statistic she mentioned was really disturbing - the fact that only 3% of companies led by women get funding from venture capitalists. This just shows that so many women have the potential to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs, but at put at a significant disadvantage simply because of their biological gender. I did a little more digging and found that not only do few women receive VC money, the amount they get is also less: around 70 million dollars to 100 million dollars for men. However, despite this great disparity, I believe women tech entrepreneurs do have hope in the form of prominent women like Melinda Gates who both vocally and financially support budding executives.

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    This article discusses a joint research undertaking with IBM and other research universities/scientists to expand computing power to study links between bacteria and the causes of autoimmune diseases. The effort is a part of the World Community Grid project, which crowdsources computing power, where anyone can run software that conducts virtual experiments. The vast scale exemplifies the ever increasing role of computing in the scientific world. I think it's really interesting how something as simple as loaning your computer for research efforts can make a difference in the world.

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    As a research intern, part of my work involves taking data from various sensors. This got me thinking, What else are sensors used for? I decided to do a little bit of digging online and found that one of the most common household objects with a truckload of sensors is a cell phone. It's incredible how hardware and software work together so well to make a sensor (or any gadget really) function. Here are some more examples of sensors being used in daily life: How accelerometers are used in motion sensing gaming devices like the wii remote: http://scienceline.org/2006/12/motioncontrollers/ Burglar alarms http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-safety/security/burglar-alarm2.htm

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    The other day, I heard someone talking about how there is IoT technology for a toothbrush that connects to your phone and monitors you how well you are brushing your teeth. Although the idea seems really crazy, it isn't much of a surprise since IoT is popping up in all areas of life. As for me, I'll stick to my regular old toothbrush! :P

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    For my history final project last semester, we were instructed to give a speech on an influential figure in American history. I had heard that Grace Hopper was one of the early figures in computer science, so I decided to choose her. As I started researching, I learned that she not only brought forth the idea of a compiler, but truly revolutionized computer science and its scope, and that she is the reason we have programmer friendly languages and user friendly devices. Her story is truly inspiring, especially the fact that she, a woman in the early 1900s, gained so much respect and admiration for her monumental work. She demonstrates that women can make important contributions in the tech field as well.

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    Always good to work in group, if at all possible!

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    Omg that is so cool, @preranaK ! Seriously impressed with you every single time you post.

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    On monday, I went to a really cool IoT workshop by IBM, and the presenters introduced us to cognitive computing. I thought it was interesting that something so human, like psychology, could be integrated into machines. To explore this further, we played around on IBM bluemix with apps like twitter personality testers. Then, we learned how we could make similar apps with node red to connect to IoTs. I don't understand it that well, but I was fascinated because it was so simple, basically like block code, and yet it could do so many things like send texts to my phone based on sensors. It's cool how technology connects literally everything now, and how we can experiment with it so readily with tools like this. (PS Now I can finally understand all of those CS memes about node.js :P)

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    Really liked this article – gave me many new insights. Thanks for sharing!

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    Constraints always go a bit wonky when developing for mobile. I like to create all the views programmatically in percent ratio with respect to the phones screen length and width. You could always try adjusting each constraint for each view in your storyboard 

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    Hmm, let me ask my friend for you.

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    It boggles my mind how many programming languages there are! With so many languages like swift gaining popularity and technological innovation, who know what the chart will look like in another five years. It just serves to show how versatile coding is in today's world.

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    Even though this project started early in 2016, it caught my attention because it serves to show you yet another way a "STEM" profession can have extremely creative outlets. And it's really interesting how computing is moving towards replicating humans, while humans are trying to work like computers. XD

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    lmaoo that's a great one

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    Coding to teach coding.....that's a lot of coding. Just serves to show how young you can start coding and still make a difference.

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    Sara Du's story is incredibly inspiring and shows that anyone can make a difference with coding, as long as they have the motivation.

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    Hi! I stumbled across this article about inheritance in Java (in Android Studio). Not sure if it's totally applicable to your case, but maybe it'll help: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/39181177/inheritance-in-javaandroid-studio

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    I've never used Matlab, but I have worked with image processing and done some cool stuff there. If you have any questions about that, I'd be glad to help!

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    WOAH DRONES?!?!?!??! Yayyyy finals are finally over, and to celebrate, I ended up looking up some odd-looking drones. I first got into this topic when someone in my computer science class brought in a drone they built for a project and explained the importance of features like the gyroscope and accelerometer are in maintaining stability during flight, and how the code helps the drone map out its flight (depending on whether it is pre-programmed or connected to a controller that is]. Then I heard someone talking about a drone and a chicken flying as an egg, which really confused me, but when I looked it up, I found this new-age flying drone that looks somewhat like the robot eve from Wall-E. Do any of you own or operate drones? Are you interested in building your own? There is so much more my class and I learned from our recent projects, everything from arduino to cpu's, so more to come!

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    I've never tried using the p5 online editor, I've only run it on a local server or actually uploaded it to a live server. First thing I'd guess is if the file you're running had all the p5 libraries installed. However, I think the real issue might lie with p5 rather than your code. Your old link and the p5 web editor are offline for some reason.

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    thank you so much for sharing this. I work at a financial company and often find myself annoyed at hackathon due to lack for positive competition. These sounds so awesome.

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    This article demonstrates yet another way coding can change lives. Quite literally.

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