Saturday, March 30, 2013

Computer Science Outreach Magic

For several months, I always carried a deck of cards in my backpack. I like playing gin rummy as much as anyone, but that's not the reason why. I carried them because I had discovered Computer Science Outreach Magic.

I learned a Computer Science magic trick from, and I've been hooked ever since. I've performed this trick to much success when manning booths at outreach events and teacher visiting days. It lets you engage people while illustrating a bit of computer science. At the PyLadies' lunch at PyCon '13, Esther Nam convinced me to write a blog post about this card trick I was so excited about. "Lots of people want to know how to demonstrate computer science without a computer!" she said.

Teaching the card trick to Computer Science student volunteers at the Tucson Festival of Books.
Performing the big reveal at a University of Arizona College of Science ceremony.