Computers Only Do What They Are Told

Overview: Most students have difficulty following directions and few students have ever had the opportunity to give directions. They do not realize the importance of being precise.

Purpose: The purpose of this activity is to help students realize the need to be precise when programming a computer.

Objectives: As a result of this activity, students will:

1. Appreciate the importance of following directions.
2. Appreciate the difficulty of giving precise directions.
3. Confirm objectives 1 and 2 by writing and debugging a short computer program.