A lot has changed since Pablo Picasso made the claim that computers are useless. In his day, computers were number crunchers designed to replace the first human computers, teams of people (mostly women) performing long and tedious calculations.
Today, we use computers to create works of art, record and play our music, produce animated movies with lifelike realism, connect with friends across the Internet, program robots that vacuum our carpets; the list goes on and on.
CWU's computer science department has re-designed the CS 112: Foundations of Computer Science course to go beyond the typical topics taught in beginning computer science.
CS 112 now includes
- Animation using the Alice 3D programming environment
- Robotics using the intelligent programmable Scribbler robot
- Hands-on labs tearing apart and putting computers back together
- Non-traditional careers available to computer majors