Today you built a fun, colorful, and interactive project while you learned about an importantcomputer science concept: variables. Variables help people collect and utilizeinformation, or data.
For example, computer scientists design tools to help forecast the weather, such as theones described in this video.
Weather models are updated every six hours to include the most current observations for the next forecast.
This approach prevents the model from straying too far from reality,and acts as a checks and balance system to achieve the most accurate forecast.
Satellites orbiting the earth relay immense amounts of data back to scientists on the ground,who can then enter that data into computer model simulations.
We have the equations and then we have computer code,which solves those equations on a day-to-day basis.
NASA is the source for most of the research satellite observations of the atmosphere, land, and oceans.
Computer scientists use those variables in programsthat help determine the likelihood of a given weather pattern.
Scientists and meteorologists use computer science to collect and analyze data, allowingthem to forecast the weather. Industries such as agriculture, emergency services, and airlinesdepend on these weather forecasts. Knowledge of the weather allows people to plan better,keep the public safe, and save money. This is one example of how computer science directlyimpacts the world in which you live. Take a minute to write a shout-out to someonewho helped you today, and post it on the G+ board.
Next time, you will learn how to make an art application that allows you to create Graffitiartwork. Until then, have fun creating and coding!