Everything Begins with an Idea

Sanjana Shah, Girls Innovate! Teen Committee
ThinkImagineProgram (Session 6)

“Every project is an opportunity to learn, to figure out problems and challenges, to invent and reinvent.” – David Rockwell

This week’s ThinkImagineProgram session was focused on the answers from the previous sessions and the topics that participants could present as their final projects. We have come a long way, learned so much, leaving us with so many options to choose from. Using examples from previous sessions, we could make presentation on whatever we could imagine. Our project could be on how things can be represented in a two-dimensional grid, applying concept of loops and conditions, or even anything related to pairs, tuples or coordinates. Another presentation idea could be to use recursion and show the same via Fibonacci numbers. When asked by our presenter, most of us were already familiar with the Fibonacci series, but did not know how to use the same with recursion. In Fibonacci sequence, the numbers are represented as 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and so on. Basically the next number is found by adding up the two prior numbers. The same concept of recursion can be portrayed using Tower of Hanoi, where the objective is to move all the disks from tower 1 to tower 3 without placing a larger disk on a smaller disk. The challenge would be to move all disks using the least number of moves. The presenter wanted us to use our analytical and critical skills to show how we can do this without using code. Algorithms and pseudocode are better approaches, since many of the participants have not programmed before.

We could also use sorting algorithms for our presentations, especially bubble sort that we had learned in the previous session. Our presenter suggested that we could write a pseudocode or make a video on how bubble sort works by repeatedly exchanging adjacent elements that need to be sorted. Another good topic would be to take pictures of real-life scenarios that have confusing signs and may be make a collage out of it. The presenter gave us few examples and some of them showed how important it is to give clear instructions, else it can lead to miscommunications and incorrect results.

An easy-to-follow format has been given to the participants. The mentors can also help them with the selection of their ideas and answer any questions they have to make sure they are on track. It all began with an idea. An idea we are all ready to present in the upcoming session.

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