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Computational Thinking with MIT App Inventor

About the Book

The book explores basic programming concepts in a gradual way:

  • program flow, conditional, looping;
  • data, aggregation, and abstraction;
  • numerical computing;
  • programming paradigms;
  • heuristics and problem-solution workflow

The focus is on computational thinking, developed by using nontrivial problems and sidelining programming skills.

Programming is done in a block visual environment, MIT App Inventor, which enhances concepts without distracting technicalities.

The writing is informal and not overly technical and not for reference.

Some mathematical knowledge is expected though.

It targets young adult students at university, with no significant previous training in programming, but can be used by any curious soul.

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About the Authors

José Soeiro Carvalho
José Soeiro Carvalho

Mining Engineer, PhD

Associate Professor at University of Porto, School of Engineering (FEUP)

When not teaching or researching, I'm cycling, scuba diving, planting vegetables, or probably just lazing about.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Bikes and crochet
    • Another iteration at an introduction course to programming for engineers
    • Enter smartphone, Android and App Inventor
    • Is AI2 a programming language?
    • Approach, Goals and Targets
    • Structure
  • Six days of coding #
  • First things first
    • Hello
    • Interaction
    • Touch Me, Turn Me
    • Summing up
  • Beginner’s Luck
    • Basic AI2 Programming
    • Toss It
    • Flip It
    • Conditional flow
    • Statements and expressions
    • Rock, paper, scissors
    • Second day summing up
  • Having fun?
    • Algorithms
    • Repetition and Loops
    • Recall
    • High Low Secret
    • High Low, the guesser
    • Third day summing up
  • Prime Time!
    • Contents
    • Data
    • Prime Numbers
    • Is it prime?
    • Is it Prime step by step
    • FollowApp
    • Day four final thoughts
  • Women and children first!
    • What is a list
    • Prime factorization
    • Problem inside problems, inside problems …
  • Day five final thoughts
  • All together now.
  • Problems, problems, so many problems …
    • Curiosity (killed the cat)
    • Classification
    • Sorting
    • Advanced topics
    • Sharing
    • Assessment.
    • Final
  • Coda
    • Computation is abstraction.
    • Computing is automation
    • Computational thinking
  • Example apps #
  • Hello
  • Touch Me, Turn Me
  • Toss It
  • Flip It
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • High Low Game
    • Example game play
    • High Low, the secret
    • High Low, the guesser
  • List Copy
    • Topics
    • App
  • inRage
  • Straight Line
  • How Old
  • My Napp
  • Shake It
  • Triangles
    • Classification
    • In the repo
  • Shoot Down
  • Who Jumps Higher
  • Glossary
    • Built-in blocks
    • Component specific
  • Bibliography
    • Images
    • Other material
  • Notes

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