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Me And Comp Sc (Music, Engineering, And Computer Science)

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.703.1 - 6.703.6

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Stephen Stace

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Janice Margle

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Session 2793


(Music, Engineering, and Computer Science)

Janice M. Margle and Stephen Stace

Engineering/Music & Integrative Arts Penn State Abington College Abington, Pennsylvania 19001


Indications are that more scientists, mathematicians, and engineers will be needed to compete in the world markets1, 2. However, the majority of young people entering the workforce will be women and minorities, who traditionally have not pursued careers in these fields3. More recently, a Senate bill passed that provides 600,000 new visas for foreign workers sought by the burgeoning high-tech industry4. Clearly we need to nurture the technical interest and achievements of all students. Devising strategies to increase their participation and enjoyment in the use of computers is the impetus for Me and Comp Sc. College students like music and MP3’s. They also like technology…cell phones, beepers, computer games, email, and surfing the web. This love of technology cuts across all educational disciplines. A combination demo/hands-on exercise for the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is under development for inclusion in an introductory computer science course. The purpose of the exercise is to expose students to more than the traditional word processing and spreadsheet exercises and to make them aware of the relationships between computers and music. This project is called Me and Comp Sc.


An introductory 3-credit computer science course called CmpSc 100 is offered through Penn State. Although it is not required as part of any curriculum, it does offer students the opportunity to improve their computer skills, or expand their knowledge base. The course introduces students to computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database management, business graphics, and communications5. The prerequisite is two entrance units in mathematics. Students who take this course are, generally, from non- technical disciplines such as Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, and Education. Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Stace, S., & Margle, J. (2001, June), Me And Comp Sc (Music, Engineering, And Computer Science) Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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