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What is Computational Thinking?

These days, you don’t have to search hard to find news about how computers are effectively taking over tasks that were previously only done by humans. But before you go running for the proverbial hills at the thought that computers will one day take over the world, consider for a moment if humans could think more like computers! This very idea is closely related to the concept of computational thinking.

What is Computational Thinking?

Loosely stated, computational thinking is a concept related to the idea that humans can use logical thought processes and analytical analysis to break down problems and find solutions, much in the same way a computer would solve them. Computational thinking is often part of a Computer Science course of study for students, but many educators (such as data science professor, Jeannette Wing) are looking for ways to include Computational Thinking into all areas of study – from math and science to Language Arts and humanities.  If humans can problem-solve in the same fashion as a computer, it could have major implications on the job market, secondary education fields, and much more!

Check out this cool video explaining Computational Thinking, from the Intro to Computer Science curriculum by Paxton/Patterson College & Career Ready Labs

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