Lauren Ipsum: A Story about Computer Science and Other Improbable Things (Paperback)

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After a fight with her parents, Lauren goes for a walk in the woods and gets horribly lost in a strange world made up of computer programming principles. This book is a Phantom Tollbooth for computer science, forcing Lauren to journey through obstacles that can be surmounted through the types of logic that make coding easier, natural, and intuitive. Instead of teaching programming code, this book allows kids to think like a programmer while following the wacky adventure. Both fun and funny—even for kids who ignore the STEM motif—the book is an enjoyable., philosophical, and intelligent fantasy adventure.

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Lauren Ipsum is a whimsical journey through a land where logic and computer science come to life.

Meet Lauren, an adventurer lost in Userland who needs to find her way home by solving a series of puzzles. As she visits places like the Push & Pop Caf and makes friends with people like Hugh Rustic and the Wandering Salesman, Lauren learns about computer science without even realizing it--and so do you

Read Lauren Ipsum yourself or with someone littler than you, then flip to the notes at the back of the book to learn more about logic and computer science in the real world.

Suggested for ages 10+

About the Author

Carlos Bueno is a former Facebook engineer, graphic designer, librarian, calligrapher, data scientist, and video game repairman. He now writes bad jokes about algorithms and dinosaurs.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781593275747
ISBN-10: 1593275749
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication Date: December 14th, 2014
Pages: 192
Language: English