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```									     Compute This!
Anthony Kendall
Cheryl Kendall
kendal30@msu.edu
http://www.msu.edu/~kendal30/computethis.html
Compute This! Motivation
   Computers are pervasive in today‟s
science
   Most of next generation of discoveries will
be too complex for humans alone
   Must understand the capabilities and
limitations of computers
   Compute This: Problem Solving using
computers
Competition Goals
   Evaluate students on basic technical
computer skills
 Word Processing
 Using the World Wide Web

 Data Manipulation

 Data Presentation

   Evaluated by how well they use tools to
solve problems
Use of World Wide Web

   Recognize and Critically evaluate source of
information
   Proper citation of URLs
   Effective Searching - use of keywords
   Will NOT be restricting event to noaa.gov
domain, “entire internet” will be fair game
   NOT restricted to Oceanic & Atmospheric
Science Theme
Data Manipulation - MS Excel

   Manual Import of Data
   Using formulas in MS Excel
 Converting units
 Summation & Multiplication
 Absolute Referencing

   For Division C
 Auto text import
 Using IF/Then Statements
 Other advanced Excel functions, (no VBA)
Data Presentation

   Understand Basic Graph Types
 Bar, Line, Pie
 Scatter Plot (C Division only)

   Use Appropriate Graph for Data
   Fully Label the Graph
   Title, Axes, Legend
   Use appropriate colors
   Easy to read, careful of red/green

   Formatting Should be Neat
   Careful of HTML frames from websites
   Uniform Font
   Both Size and Style
   The test will be handed in via the web
(File Transfer Protocol-FTP),
 this will not be an evaluation criterion
 Event assistants will help in this process
Resources

   Compute This! Web Space
   http://www.msu.edu/~kendal30/computethis.html
   Links to other resources, sample questions and
themes
   Exams from 2005, 2003
   Presentation available now, other materials after Jan
1st
   kendal30@msu.edu
How To Practice

   http://www.soinc.org/events/compute/index.htm
   http://www.msu.edu/~kendal30/computethis.html
   Be familiar with Word and Excel
   the test will be much harder if these programs
are not familiar to the student!
How To Help Students
   Emphasize:
   Problem Solving
   Test-taking
   The exam will be longer than most teams can complete
   Using internet search tools
   Formatting/Presentation
   Familiarity with MS Excel & MS Word
   Saving files to a directory other than „My
Documents‟
   Students will not be printing their tests
Thank You!
   ANY QUESTIONS?

   Website:
www.msu.edu/~kendal30/computethis.html

   E-mail: kendal30@msu.edu

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