Computer coding lesson teaches importance of high-tech jobs

By Associated Engineering Press

On Tuesday, Jeff Gray, a professor in the University of Alabama’s College of Engineering, handed a student at the Tuscaloosa Magnet Middle School a smooth white ball about the size of a tennis ball.

After linking the ball, called a Sphero, wirelessly to his laptop computer through Bluetooth, Gray asked the student holding Sphero to wave her hands and say a magic word.

“Presto blah, blah, blah,” she uttered, wiggling her arms and fingers.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: December 9, 2015    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Outreach    /    Features: