In research group meetings, we have started with short (5-10 minute) activities focused on trying something new.
So far, these activities have been focused on computer science or data science ideas. This post shares a few of those, which have been somewhat useful (I think!) so far:
- Writing and “using” a recipe for making pancakes (to explore the idea of an how computers closely follow the instructions they are told, as well as algorithms, conditional logic, and functions)
- Exploring what one notices about weather/climate-related data
- Tinkering with a cool agent-based model for frog adaptation
- Last, today, we used code bites in R/RStudio, with the goal being to create minimally viable (and interesting) content; it worked well, I think, by lowering the motivation-related barrier to writing code. We used the project here (accessible to anyone): https://rstudio.cloud/project/918794