The Clarkson School Class of 2015 Commencement

Last weekend, on May 2nd, I had an opportunity to come to Clarkson University and give an alumni address at the Clarkson School Class of 2015 Commencement. The best way to describe Clarkson School is that it is bridging year program where talented high school students get to leave high school a year or two earlier and attend first year of college at Clarkson University. … Continue reading The Clarkson School Class of 2015 Commencement

Have computers become too complicated for teaching ?

I learned computer programming on a Cold War era Soviet programmable calculator called Elektronika MK-61. It was a very simple device that used a four element calculation stack, a handful of registers, and programming it was very much like writing assembler code. It had a number of undocumented features that made simple games possible. It’s cousin MK-52 was used as an on board computer on … Continue reading Have computers become too complicated for teaching ?