We describe our experience using magic card tricks to teach algorithmic skills to first-year Computer Science undergraduates. We illustrate our approach with a detailed discussion on a card trick that is typically presented as a test to the psychic abilities of an audience. We use the trick to discuss concepts like problem decomposition, pre- and post-conditions, and invariants. We discuss pedagogical issues and analyse feedback collected from students. The feedback has been very positive and encouraging.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Uppsala, Sweden|
Duration: 23 Jun 2014 → 25 Jun 2014
|Conference||19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education|
|Period||23/06/14 → 25/06/14|
Ferreira, J., & Mendes, A. (2014). The magic of algorithm design and analysis: teaching algorithmic skills using magic card tricks. Paper presented at 19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Uppsala, Sweden. https://doi.org/10.1145/2591708.2591745