Members of the Rotary Club of Taree were challenged with a number of algorithmic exercises when two professors came to their meeting.
Professor Mike Fellows AC (Companion of order of Australia) and Professor Frances Rosamond, both professors of computer science at University of Bergen in Norway, were invited by Taree Rotary to talk about their work.
They live at Old Bar but spend much of their year in Norway.
The two professors were much involved with the early stages of Rotary Scientific and Engineering Challenge programs held in schools by Rotary clubs each year. The program is in its 16th year in the Manning and Great Lakes.
They challenged Rotarians with a number of algorithmic exercises, with varying results.
Professor Mike Fellows has written a number of scientific works including Computer Science Unplugged. This book is a collection of free learning activities that teach computer science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.
Professor Frances Rosamond’s area of expertise is computer science and is involved in bridging parameterised algorithms and practice.
CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from elementary school to seniors, and from many countries and backgrounds. Unplugged has been used around the world for more than twenty years, in classrooms, science centres, homes and even for holiday events in a park.