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High School

**What Is Computational Thinking? **

Computational thinking is a high-level thought process that considers the world in computational terms. It begins with learning to see opportunities to compute something, and it develops to include such considerations as computational complexity; utility of approximate solutions; computational resource implications of different algorithms; selection of appropriate data structures; and ease of coding, maintaining, and using the resulting program. Computational thinking is applicable across disciplinary domains because it takes place at a level of abstraction where similarities and differences can be seen in terms of the computational strategies available. A person skilled in computational thinking is able to harness the power of computing to gain insights. At its best, computational thinking is multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary thinking with an emphasis on the benefits of computational strategies to augment human insights. Computational thinking is a way of looking at the world in terms of how information can be generated, related, analyzed, represented, and shared.

**Introduction to the Module**

The purpose of this module is to study situations in which a group of people must decide on whom to select from a group of eligible candidates. For example:

• Given all the people eligible for a heart transplant, how do you decide who gets one? Who should have input into this decision?

• Given all the people eligible for an administrative or executive position in a company, how do you decide whom to hire?

• Almost all major league athletic teams hold entry drafts to distribute the available talent. How does a team choose the best player for its program? How does a player maximize his position in such a draft? How does the NFL create a semblance of fairness and balance among teams?

Unit 1 focuses on valuation procedures for decision making in the awarding of heart transplants and the possible uses of technology in this decision making.

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The Value of Computational Thinking

32 Pages

- Pre-Algebra ,
- Algebra ,
- Discrete & Finite Mathematics ,
- Computer Science ,
- Ranking Systems

- NFL, Drafts, Heart Transplant Selection, Hiring Decisions

Basic Algebra, Spreadsheets

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