What is Computer Science?
The majority of students experience computers as end users, often in the context of entertainment and gaming. The aim of the computer science program at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is to provide students with the opportunity to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. Students will explore the power of computing and its impact on society and their lives.
Over 25 years ago, Seymour Papert published his landmark book, Mindstorms: Children, Computers
and Powerful Ideas. In the forward," The Gears of
My Childhood," Papert first proposed the idea that computers would revolutionize education. "The computer is the Proteus of machines. Its
essence is its universality, its power to stimulate. Because it can take on a thousand forms and can serve a thousand functions, it can appeal to a thousand tastes" (Papert, 1980).