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Creating the Next Generation of Billionaires - Part 4

Room:
Liffey B
Start:
10:20 on 14 July 2022
Duration:
30 minutes

Abstract

Our generation of young people in school (aged 5-18) have noticed the connection between Computer pRogramming, Technology, Bitcoinism Success, Climate Change and Billionaires.

On mass young people are clamouring to master the skill of Computer pRogramming. It has been dubbed the ‘4th’ R’ (computer pRogramming) along with Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. So, governments worldwide have launched initiatives to have it taught in schools from Kindergarten to all the way to high school. And now young people are successfully mastering this skill.

This talk will describe a case study whereby Computer Programming (Python) was introduced for the first time to a group of young people and how the young people are using it to explore and understand real world problems and data such as those relating to climate change, world population growth and carbon dioxide emissions with Python visualisation libraries such as Matplotlib, Numpy and Pandas. We will talk about the joys and challenges and discoveries made by the young people. We will conclude with suggestions on how to proceed in this area.

TalkEducation, Teaching & Further Training


The speaker

Lilian

Lilian studied Computer Science at high school and did her PhD in Computer Modelling. She went on to looking at computer applications and programming in the pharmaceutical sector before entering formal teaching for the next generation. She is currently engaged in teaching Python programming, C# and Javascript. She has given lectures in conferences both in the UK and abroad about the teaching of Computer Programming to young people. She has ran computer clubs including that of 'computer-assisted' investment for children and is a full member of the British Computer Society.

Lilian firmly believes that in this emergent brave new world, the Anthrpocene age, the computer (with its associated technologies) is the harbinger to transform globally man's short slavish existence to a better one - a world community defined by longer, richer and freer life experiences. She believes it is imperative that our schools empower our young children with his new knowledge, and Lilian herself did help reshape the Computer Science Department of an independent boys' school as Head of Department. She has produced for children more than 75 YouTube (online) videos on Computer Science and Programming - and has had more than 12,000 hits globally.



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