There is a NOVA episode on fractals!
Produced and directed by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Michael Schwarz and Bill Jersey, the documentary weaves cutting-edge research from the front lines of science into a compelling mathematical detective story. The film introduces a number of distinguished individuals who have used fractal geometry to transform their fields, like Loren Carpenter, who created the first completely computer-generated sequence in a movie.
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A recent challenge amongst chatterboxes:
Here is some info on some of the bots. Could be used as a fun activity to look at AI.
1. Here’s a downloadable chatterbox called Artemis :
2.Another one called RoboMatic X1 looks really interesting!
3. A Web-based chatterbox, Azureon:
4. Brother Jerome is a highly regarded chatterbox. It is fun but slow.
http://www.be9.net/BJ/ . It has an impressive list of features http://www.be9.net/BJ/games.htm
Here is another list of bots:
“Control a robot by giving it commands. Use programmer-style logic for more complex levels that include functions to re-use. Controls: Mouse to drag light-Bot controls into the slots.”
Warning!!!! This can be very addicting! But I think it really does help students think about programming in a very fun way.
Kids explain how Web sites work and how you connect to them.
Kid’s Corner for lots of fun, easy to understand lessons on programming!
The author proposes that teaching programming by giving students assignments such as programming a game or puzzle will help keep their interest.
The author has a great site devoted to teaching programming!