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Grammy Winner visits CDAT

posted Mar 5, 2013, 6:13 PM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Mar 8, 2013, 4:01 AM ]
CDAT was buzzing this morning, with many cameras and reporters around!  Young Guru, sound engineer for Jay-Z, was in the CDAT room to visit with our students.  Our CDAT 9th graders are piloting a new curriculum for computer programming, written by the Georgia Tech Earsketch program, and supported by Young Guru.

The programming concept of Earsketch is simple and effective: teach programming to students using music.  That is, their computer code actually generates music.  The logic and mathematical parallels between music and programming just make sense!  So, our CDAT students are the pilot group for this National Science Foundation project, and it was just a surprise treat to meet one of the greatest sound engineers of our generation.

Young Guru spoke so passionately about the need to pursue studies in technology, that music is fun and good, but we need to push ourselves to learn software development and/or technology.  The demand for programmers is so strong, and software controls so much of what we do in the world.  The students who can get a head start on software development or other engineering at an early age will have a huge advantage.  Thanks Georgia Tech and Young Guru!

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