Wolfram Computation Meets Knowledge

Instructor-Led Course

Computational Thinking Homeschool Initiative

2hr per session (8 weeks)
Middle & High School
1 Certification
Estimated Time: 2hr per session (8 weeks)
Grade level: 8–12
Requirements: This course requires no prior knowledge of Mathematica or the Wolfram Language.
Certification Levels: Course completion

Computational thinking is an integrative, expressive way to explore and solve problems. It is widely considered an essential skill in modern society and is highly prized in creative, academic, professional and social contexts. This intensive eight-week course for students ages 13–18 (8th–12th grades) builds a fundamental understanding of systemic experimentation, synthetic reasoning and computational expression. At the end of the course students will be able to apply computational thinking in a wide variety of contexts and have confidence to pursue further self-study. Instruction is given on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3–5pm US Eastern Time), with office hours offered on Mondays and Wednesdays (12–2pm US Eastern Time).

APPLY TO ATTEND THIS COURSE

Before registering to attend this course, students should provide their current grade level and relevant course history by completing a brief application form. A homeschool education organizer will review your application and respond with instructions for payment and registration.

Schedule

Dates Time Location Cost   
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
January 12–March 4, 2021
3–5pm EST Your local time
Start
End EST is US Eastern Standard Time, UTC/GMT -5 hours (New York)
EDT is US Eastern Daylight Time, UTC/GMT -4 hours (New York)
Online $250.00 (USD) Apply Now

Outline

  • Developing the core intuitions of computational thinking
  • Working with the notebook interface
  • Exploring truth, truthiness, statistics, phenomena and insight
  • Comparing signals, data and models to reality
  • Examining data and programs as concepts
  • Discussing the power and limits of computation
  • Connecting information, knowledge and communication
  • Publishing, rendering and exporting ideas

Instructor

Russell Foltz-Smith

Russell is an educator, interactive artist and computational thinker. Currently he is CTO of Maslo.ai. He cofounded a school ten years ago, Acton Academy Venice Beach, and maintains an active studio art practice. Russell is a twenty-year veteran of consumer internet and large-scale data intelligence platforms. He has started several companies, been part of a successful IPO (TrueCar) as well as a handful of private acquisitions (Business.com), and led several large distributed technical, product and marketing teams. He has been a leader at companies like IAC/Citysearch, GrindNetworks, Business.com, Hachette Filipacchi and Wolfram|Alpha. Russ serves as a mentor for TechStars Austin and TechStars Los Angeles, providing strategic guidance to start-ups and managing directors of TechStars accelerators. Russ received a mathematics degree from the University of Chicago and currently resides in Marina Del Rey, CA, with his wife and two daughters.