Presented by:

Dan Garcia

from UC Berkeley

Dan Garcia is a Teaching Professor in the EECS department at UC Berkeley. He was selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012 and ACM Distinguished Speaker in 2019, and is a national leader in the "CSforALL" movement, bringing engaging computer science to students normally underrepresented in the field.

Thanks to four National Science Foundation grants, the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" non-majors course he co-developed has been shared with over 800 high school teachers. He is delighted to regularly have more than 50% female enrollment in BJC, with a high mark of 65% in the Spring of 2018, shattering the campus record for an intro computing course, and is among the highest in the nation! He is humbled by the international exposure he and the course have received in the New York Times, PBS, NPR, and others media outlets. He is working on the BJC Middle School curriculum.

The GAMESMAN system is a piece of software 35 years in the making -- it solves board games (2-person abstract strategy games of no chance), builds a database of the value (win, tie, or lose) for every position, and provides users with a GUI to play and analyze them. We recently opened up the API to allow any external client to access our database, so this is a demo of a Snap! program that plays Tic-Tac-Toe perfectly using our back-end as the "brains".

5 min
Auditorium (Online)
Snap!Con 2023
Lightning Talk
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