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Turnpike
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 5:02:52 AM
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Hello, this is the context:

She had grown up in Palo Alto, the daughter of an electrical engineer, and spent
her childhood tinkering, taking computers apart, and spending hours on the
very early Internet. “Nobody told me that girls don’t do this,” she remembered.
After earning her degree at the University of Washington, she started a computer
science program at a local public high school, hoping to
encourage girls and minorities in the same way. “You don’t
understand something,” she liked to say, “until you’ve taught a teenager to teach a
computer to do it.”


What's the meaning of this?
What's that "something"?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 5:16:37 AM

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Anything.

A topic.
Let's say "Boiling an egg."

You think you know how to boil an egg.
But you don't really understand how you are doing it until you have tried to teach a teenager how to write a computer programme which will give instructions [to a robot, in this case] on how to boil an egg.


The computer needs precise instructions without any ambiguity or infinitely repeating loops.
eg what liquid, what temperature, what time, how to do put it in, how do you take it out...... what else?

the teenager needs to be taught how write the computer code to make those instructions work


You need to teach the teenager how to write that code.


If you can do that, then you fully understand what you are doing when you boil an egg.

They are saying you need to be really clear, logical, cutting to the heart of the problem, and being able to communicate concisely without irrelevant details.
Turnpike
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 5:58:35 AM
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Thank you, Thar!
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