Programming Maze Game
Hosted by: UT Austin Association of Computational Engineers
Visit our Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th
The Challenge: In this programming game, you will guide an astronaut through a path using blocks of code. See the "Activity Videos" section for some tips on how to get started.
Recommended Materials: This is an online activity. Follow this link to start the game: https://blockly.games/maze?lang=en&level=1&skin=1
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics? Computational Engineers often have to solve big problems as fast as possible, but some programs can take hours or even days to find a result. This means that engineers need to think carefully about the code they are writing. Through this activity, you'll learn about two ideas that programmers always need to keep in mind when they write code: how long it takes for a program to run, and how many instructions you need to write a working program. After you've played the game, check out the video below to learn where these two ideas show up in the game and why they matter.
You can watch this video for a few tips on how to get started with the game. You'll also learn how this activity connects to computational engineering and STEM.
Video presented by Marcos Botto Tornielli and Gauri Nukala.
What do Computational Engineers do?
Computational Engineers use computer programs to solve all kinds of problems in science, engineering, and math. Many computational engineers use computers to better understand physical problems such as how air flows over an airplane, or how much weight a bridge can support. However, computational engineering can be used in a large variety of areas, such as medicine, economics, chemistry, and more. No matter what area they are working in, computational engineers push even the most advanced computers in the world to their limit so that they can improve their solutions to important problems a bit more every day.
What does the work of Computational Engineers look like?
Computational Engineers make many great images as part of their work. Follow this link to see computational engineering in action: https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/scientific-visualization-gallery
The Association of Computational Engineers is a networking and social organization for UT Austin students interested in computational science and engineering. ACE hosts talks by industry representatives, socials, and volunteer opportunities with the goal of providing a community for computational engineering students and anyone interested in COE.
Follow these links to learn more about computational engineering at UT Austin: