Why would someone undertake a solo hike climbing 48 mountains in one continuous trip, covering 235 miles of the most rugged landscape that New Hampshire has to offer?

Could it be that I wanted to find solace in the wake of the death of my father, the one who first…


Note: this post was written jointly by Greg Benedis-Grab and Elissa Levy

Introduction

We (Greg and Elissa) met while teaching coding to high school students with Upperline Code. About a year later, Greg was developing workshops on computational thinking for STEMteachersNYC and Elissa was studying the math behind machine learning…


Advances in computer technologies are rapidly changing all aspects of our lives. The skills and competencies associated with these advances should be incorporated into contemporary education. Computational Thinking (CT) has been presented as a way to operationalize this work. Will CT enable young people to one day tackle the crises…


Finding an idea that combines artistic beauty with meaningful computation can be challenging. Some ideas lead to evocative visuals but lack a clear narrative of learning and discovering. Other ideas are conceptually meaningful but don’t seem to lend themselves to artistic expression. Finding this connection is often about exploring an…


Cresting the wood planked deck of the Brooklyn Bridge on a bicycle is an experience to behold. The early dawn light illuminates the buildings of downtown Brooklyn. The multitude of steel cables rising to the top of the ominous stone tower ahead of me intersect and appear to reshuffle as…


As a teacher I think a lot about what is worth teaching. Framing questions, allocating time for discussion, structuring projects, and designing assessments all involve value judgements where I weigh one use of time against another. Time is a limited resource in the classroom and as a teacher I want…


Being a father is one of the most important parts of my identity. So I am trying to make sense of fatherhood in this new blog series which I am calling Father Stories. I find value in writing about the things most important to me and that writing can lead…


On a recent family trip we delayed our start of the day in a cabin for a few hours because of a morning rainstorm. I usually get antsy when I can’t get going first thing in the morning, but between the beautiful damp forest, the soothing sound of rainfall, and…


In previous articles I have sometimes used the word simulation to describe my p5.js sketches. But what is a simulation? What does it mean to create a simulation of a natural phenomena? Some movies such as the Matrix have portrayed the human condition as a simulation. The conspiracy theory of…


This Spring during the COVID-19 lockdown I was spending a lot of time in my home. Much of that time was dedicated to my school job and spending time with my family. …

Greg Benedis-Grab

exploring the intersection of coding, education and disciplinary knowledge

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