Students Dive into Data at Harvard


Students Dive into Data at Harvard

Lauralton Hall students taking AP Computer Science Principles attended a September 29 lecture on data structures at Harvard.

Students in Ms. Corene Crozier's Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (AP CSP) course recently attended a class on computer science and the art of programming at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. David J. Malan, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, presented the lecture on data structures.

Professor Malan teaches the popular introductory course Computer Science 50 (CS50), Harvard's largest course with more than 800 students enrolled per semester. Malan's lectures are available as Open Courseware and have been adapted to meet the AP curriculum. Students in Ms. Crozier's class are among the millions of people who have viewed Malan's CS50 lectures online.

According to Ms. Crozier, the opportunity to attend a lecture in person at Harvard – among college students and other high school students taking AP CSP -- was well worth a day trip to Boston. "Even though our students have attended several of Professor Malan's online classes, it's an entirely different experience to walk through Harvard Yard, sit in the historic Sanders Theater, and experience the learning dynamic of a live classroom," she said.

"The girls came away inspired about programming and excited about the college academic experience," Ms. Crozier added.

After the lecture, Professor Malan took the time to shake each girl's hand and pose for photos. The group, along with Lauralton Math Teacher Ms. Danielle Kratter, also had the chance to tour the campus and visit with Harvard student and Lauralton alumna Rachelle Ambroise '17. Ms. Ambroise, who was valedictorian of the Class of 2017, plans to major in chemistry and pre-med at Harvard.

AP CSP is among 14 AP courses offered at Lauralton Hall. For more information about course offerings, click on our Program of Studies.