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Cornell ECE students introduce high schoolers to computer engineering

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Cornell ECE honors society Eta Kappa Nu recently participated in Splash! Cornell where they taught "Computers Don't Byte -- an Introduction to Digital Logic" to high school students.

The class included a short lecture introducing students to a history of computing, teaching the basics of logic gates, and showing them how to count and do simple addition in binary. Students then participated in a hands-on lab building half-adder circuits using integrated circuits, wires, LEDs, and batteries. At the end, the students' half adders were chained together to show how to create a complex, multi-bit adder.

“It was a really fun time and we had some highly motivated students join us,” said Ava Tan’16, Cornell Eta Kappa Nu Vice President.

Splash! is a one-day event where high school and middle school students come to Cornell’s campus to learn anything (literally!) and discover that learning is fun. Splash teachers, administrators, and volunteers are all Cornell students. Find out more at

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