Fun Facts for CS Ed Week

posted Nov 11, 2014, 6:22 AM by Oliver Kennedy

Courtesy of Sue:

Fun facts for CS EdWeek

  • Your cell phone has more computing power than NASA did in 1969, the year they sent men to the moon.

  • The chips in singing birthday cards have more computer power than all of the Allied Forces had in 1945.

  • A Sony PlayStation, which costs $300, has the power of a military supercomputer from 1997, which cost millions of dollars.

  • On eBay, one of the world's most popular shopping websites, there are transactions of approximately $680 per second. 

  • There are approximately 6,000 new computer viruses released every month.

  • Every minute, 10 hours of videos are uploaded on Youtube.

  • The first 1GB hard disk, announced in 1980, weighed about 550 pounds, and was priced at $40,000.

  • Sweden is among the countries with the highest percentage of Internet users (75%).

  • Tetris was created in early 1980s; it has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, which made its creator richer by $8 million. 

  • Doug Engelbart, invented the first computer mouse in the year 1964 and was made of wood!

  • Barbie has had 124 careers since 1959, ranging from Stewardess to Paratrooper. In 2010 she got her 125th: computer engineer.


Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper

Grace Brewster Murray was born on December 9, 1906 in New York City. In 1928 she graduated from Vassar College with a BA in mathematics and physics and joined the Vassar faculty. While an instructor at Vassar, she continued her studies in mathematics at Yale University, where she earned an MA in 1930 and a PhD in 1934. She was one of four women in a doctoral program of ten students, and her doctorate in mathematics was a rare accomplishment in its day.

 Hopper Quotes

  • A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things.”
  • “It's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission”

  • “I've always been more interested in the future than in the past.”

  • “To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.”

  • “From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.

On the removal of a 2-inch-long moth from the Harvard Mark II experimental computer at Harvard in 1947, as quoted in Time (16 April 1984). Note that the term "bug" was in use by people in several technical disciplines long before that; Thomas Edison used the term, and it was common AT&T parlance in the 1920s to refer to bugs in the wires. Hopper is credited with popularizing the term's use in the computing field. 

From Sue Recoon

posted Nov 19, 2013, 3:12 PM by Oliver Kennedy

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, I am passionate about teaching Computer Science and have taken the lead for many positive changes in curricula for our kids!

I have recently been an influence in creating legislation at the state level to award math or science credit for certain computer science courses and to award liberal arts elective credit at the university level.  There are currently Bills in the Assembly and “same-as” bills will be introduced in the Senate this winter.  Appealing to the State Board of Regents is another avenue that is being pursued.  Very exciting!!!

By 2018, New York will need to fill 423,200 STEM-related jobs, and 57% of these jobs will be in computing.  

Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and teaches them how to create—not just use—new technologies.  This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation.

Please join me in signing this petition – to state education leaders – and please pass on to all New Yorkers.

If you have already signed and forwarded to friends, THANK YOU!  I hope to pass 100 this weekend and 500 by next.

Thanks so much, J Sue

Please join this campaign:

Contacting Your Government Reps

posted Oct 20, 2013, 4:09 PM by Oliver Kennedy

As State Senator Razenhofer pointed out during the fall conference, the best way to get legislation to pass is to get in touch with your local officials.  For your convenience, here're some tools for finding your local reps:

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