Approximately 10 times per year I am asked to give short, entertaining, motivating talks to camps, tours, or school classrooms. For those events I have created a collection of unusual lessons designed to surprise and engage the audience. A few of my favorite examples, are below.
In this interactive talk entitled “Mary and her Markov Music,” we use simple Markov Chains and a python sound library to compose music in the flavor of Mary Had a Little Lamb.
This longer activity entitled "The Beauty of Computer Science," includes the CSUnplugged Graph Coloring lesson, followed by narrative that leads students through a combinatorial reduction from garden planning, to sudoku puzzles, and then, surprisingly, back to graph coloring.
Theory Vaudeville was a series of skits and magic tricks developed by the MathManiaCS in celebration of the opening of the Siebel Center for Computer Science in 2004. In addition to a trip to Binaria (shown here), the Recursion Fairy made a visit to help us move a tower of boxes from Hanoi into the new building, and we enjoyed a command performance from the MergeSort Dancers.