Yesterday Krista taught a class and lab on how a computer works, from the digital logic on up to program compilation and execution. I think this was an especially difficult lesson, as it is not easy to get the concepts of how everything in a computer ultimately boils down to 0's and 1's. I was impressed that most of the students got the ideas, and were able to, for example, construct various logic gates out of nand gates, and in the lab, build at least a half adder if not a full adder. This is quite an achievement given that some students were seeing this material for the first time.
Today, we went to Petco Park. We were shown the video/audio production control room and how everything works as far as producing a professional baseball game. The students got to play with a combination of digital and analog equipment - the video cameras, mixers, switches, etc. - and best of all, they got to control the large screen in the stadium. I'm hoping some students post some of the photos they took. It was a really fun time, and I appreciate so much that our students got a chance to have this experience, thanks to our friend Sue Botos (who we met thanks to Beth Simon, one of our great instructors of last year whom we miss) with the Padres baseball team who arranged this event and to David Desrochers for putting on a great show for us. As we were walking inside the stadium and seeing so much that most fans never get to see, one of the students, Sonia, told me: This is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life!