STEM Incubator Sections for Fall 2018

CSC 192-A and 192H-A Robotics

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00
1 hour credit, taken for a Pass or Fail grade
no prerequisites
Note that three hours of CSC 192 (STEM Incubator courses) can count toward a BA or minor in Computer Science

Are there jobs can’t or won’t be able to do? Are the limitations computational, societal, technological, or other? By gaining a deeper understanding of how robots work, especially as autonomous agents, students will better appreciate how society may be impacted by the growth of robots in the workforce. This course addresses these questions by having students build a robot from a kit, dealing with sensors, motors, and simple electronics then programming the robot to solve a challenge posed by the students. During the semester, students will keep a weekly blog by critiquing articles, news clips, videos, etc. that present robot use in society.

No previous programming experience is needed as the course is fully self-contained. Students will learn about simple robots and controls, computational problem solving, algorithm development, simple machine learning and AI, and fundamental programming. While students will be provided considerable guidance and mentoring, they are free to be creative and to fail (failing is a great way to learn). No experience in any of these areas is needed or is expected, and often the least informed come up with the most original ideas.

Pete Santago, PhD
ps@wfu.edu

CSC 192-B  and CSC 192H-B Digital Sound and Music

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:00
1 hour credit, taken for a Pass or Fail grade
no prerequisites
Note that three hours of CSC 192 (STEM Incubator courses) can count toward a BA or minor in Computer Science

This “hands-on” course combines a basic introduction to music with an algorithmic/mathematic approach to music and sound. Students make and manipulate music with MATLAB and Logic Pro, becoming familiar with basic concepts of both music and computer science.  No musical or computer science background is necessary. Students with various backgrounds share their knowledge and skills on collaborative projects.

Students in this course collaborate with students taking CSC 191 (a 3-hour elective course).

Jennifer Burg, PhD
burg@wfu.edu

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