Lesson 2, Topic 4
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Nancy October 28, 2020
Nancy Otero is a laser cutter and AI fan. Her biggest passion is human learning, she has spent the last ten years working with educational organizations designing environments that mix technology with project-based learning. Nancy was the Founding Director of Learning Design at Portfolio School, a project-based learning school in NYC. Students from this program are the youngest presenters -6, 8, and 9 years old- at Stanford’s conference FabLearn. She was the Director of Professional Development at the awesome Beam Center in NYC, where she created a program that has served more than one hundred teachers and thousands of students. She co-founded FAB! a non-profit in Mexico that works with underserved communities for 5 years. Nancy was a OpenAI fellow, and a software engineer in her previous life. She has a Master in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University.
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Problem solving: Modularity Example 1

Problem: Create a shape you want to laser cut.

  1. Divide it into small tasks
    • Create a function that draws a shape
    • Create a loop to repeat the shape
    • Iterate on the variables until the perfect shape
  2. Solve each task
  3. Combine the solutions

For this project write in your journal how would you divide the project into small tasks. There is no right or wrong answer. You’ll share this at your presentation time.