It’s easy to take digital technology for granted these days. To students who were practically born with an iPad in their hands, it’s hard to imagine a time when a world of history and knowledge wasn’t just a few swipes away. But if the infographic below, entitled, “Remarkable Advances in Computer Engineering,” is any indication, there are advances in the pipeline that will stretch the imagination of even the most jaded kindergarten digital savant.
On this, the second day of Computer Science Education Week, we’re once again celebrating these advances with a look forward. Whether you’re a computer science teacher or you teach a more generalized classroom, show this infographic to your students to spark discussions about the future of technology, to stretch imaginations and student conceptions of what’s possible, and to inspire your students onto the computer science track. Even students who lead less computer-centric lives will be interested in discussing applications of these shifting capabilities to their own interest areas.
The first section of the infographic provides an excellent background on transistors and nanoscale devices — essential for helping students gain a more firm understanding of the technology that powers their devices, and the physical hurdles these technologies face. Once you’ve covered that, here are a few questions to get your discussion going:
In this way, this infographic is a great jumping off point for discussing a future your students are soon to navigate and lead. Who knows what imaginative new ideas they’ll turn into a reality?