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Computer Science: Special Topics

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Open Source and Free Resources

With a spotlight on hometown fav Comcast!

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Comcast open source blog/news:

Comcast labs blog:

Comcast Labs conferences:

Comcast open source projects that are good to contribute to:

Open source (Prometheus) meetup in Philadelphia:


9/26 Open Source Day in Comcast Center in Philadelphia

Located outside Philly? You probably have a tech leader in your area. Searching the web for similar meetups and open source projects promoted in your area by your local tech titans will likely reveal similar open source and social opportunities. Please get in touch if you find examples you would like to highlight on this page!

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Encouraging Kids to Code

Picture Book (pre-K to grade 3)

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer, by Diane Stanley.
Simon & Schuster, 2016. 40p. $17.99.

Two hundred years ago, a daughter Ada was born to the famous poet, Lord Byron, and his mathematical wife, Annabella. Like her father, Ada had a vivid imagination and a creative gift for connecting ideas in original ways. Like her mother, she had a passion for science, math, and machines. A century before the dawn of the digital age, the grown-up Ada Lovelace envisioned the potential for today’s computers. And in demonstrating how such a machine would be coded, she wrote the first computer program--she would go down in history as the first computer programmer. Witty illustrations lend charm to the story.


Children/Tween (Grades 5-8)

Scratch Programming Playground: Learn to Program by Making Cool Games, by Al Sweigart. No Starch Press, 2016. 288p. $24.95          

Scratch, the colorful drag-and-drop programming language, is used by millions of first-time learners, and Scratch Programming Playground teaches how to program by making cool games. Get ready to destroy asteroids, shoot hoops, and slice and dice fruit (virtually, of course). Each game includes easy-to-follow instructions, review questions, and creative coding challenges to personalize the game. You can also add more levels or a cheat code.


Teen Graphic Novel (Grade 7 and up)

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great, by Jessie Hartland. Schwartz & Wade, 2015.  240p. $9.71. 

Told through a combination of black-and-white illustrations and handwritten text, this fast-paced biography in graphic format tells the story of the man who brought us Apple Computer, Pixar, Macs, iPods, iPhones, and more. An overbearing and demanding perfectionist, he was both impossible and inspiring in his brilliance as well as in his many demons. His extraordinary life and legacy incorporated numerous contradictions and setbacks as well as his famous successes, all contextualized within the history of the personal technology industry.

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