Friday, October 13, 2006

Computer scientists sit in a cube and program all day...

Science+Professor+Woman=Me has an interesting experience talking to a bunch of freshmen about science (emphasis mine): I gave a guest lecture to a group of freshmen who all said they were not interested in science. It turns out that they had no idea what science really involves. I listed a bunch of scientific questions and asked if these were things they wanted to know. Yes! They did. So we talked about these for a while, and then they thought of more questions, and it was a very fun. We also talked about how research is done - how you come up with the questions,how you go about answering, discovering, testing. The students said they hadn't known that these were the kinds of things that scientists did. They imagined that we just worked in our labs making chemicals or looking at data on computer monitors all day. I doubt if any of them were inspired to become scientists, but I felt pretty good about changing their perceptions of science and scientists.
I wonder what would happen if we did this for CS.



  1. \begin{cynicalviewpoint}
    On the other hand, isn't it actually true that an overwhelming majority of computer science graduates do exactly that?

    Posted by kunal

  2. That's not data they're looking at, it's Friendster. 

    Posted by Anonymous


Disqus for The Geomblog