6th of September, Sunday: The 3rd session of Turing Talks went underway, the topic being “Puzzles & Brainteasers”. It was conducted by Mayank Mohta, a 4th yearite and ex-Google Campus Ambassador. It was arranged in room no. 5106, LTC by CSIS.
The talks were basically held with the simple motive of showing puzzle-enthusiasts the proper way to approach a problem as well as have fun while solving it.
The talks began on a light note by Mr. Mohta or rather Mr. Turing telling everyone to venture into the unknown by taking up challenging problems and experience that “Eureka” moment!
He emphasized that it should not be merely for an interview or for the sake of friends that you solve problems but one must take joy in the amount of brain-teasing a problem makes us undergo.
After that, everyone was subjected to a great variety of puzzles: from the relatively easy ones to the toughest nuts to crack. The subjects of all the puzzles were amusing yet interesting. The bonus attraction being that anyone solving a riddle would get a chocolate!
The hidden motive behind this Turing Talk, as the astute would have deciphered by now, was to encourage people to participate in outside events and bring BITSian populace amongst the most enthusiastic competitors in all technical festivals henceforth. We felt that even if a handful of them get inspired by the idea and let their brain wander we’ve achieved our purpose 😀
Computer Science and Information Systems, CSIS, BITS Pilani in association with Department of CCTV, BITS Pilani conducted two consecutive lectures on learning the software ‘FLASH’ on 22nd and 23rd August, at Lecture Theatre Complex, LTC, 5102.
With a turnout of 150 students in the first lecture and 80 in the second it showed that there were many people who would attend our lecture series. The audience was a mix of students from multiple disciplines including 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th yearites. The audience were informed that they will be required to bring their laptops in order to follow the lecture.
Those who could not bring the laptops were either adjusted in other groups or provided one. Also, those who could not bring installed versions of FLASH CS3 in their laptops were given pen-drives to do so.
After the initial adjustment, Mr. Satish of CCTV started the Turing Talks by starting from the very basics:
- creating shapes and filling colour in them,
- using the time frame and
- creating key frames
Then he wonderfully explained shape tweens and motion tweens. The talk ended with the display of some fascinating interactive web pages/websites designed by the CCTV dept.
On the next day, i.e. Sunday, he resumed the talks with a short recapitulation of the previous day’s lecture. Then he shifted gears to topics of greater complexity like the animations of a ball following a trajectory and masking a photograph.
All in all the talks were informative, interesting and got everyone to start appreciating the uses of FLASH. Many of the first yearites whom we interacted with after the lectures told us that they have understood the basics well. They were also curious about the next set of lectures and showed eagerness in learning more and more.
Not everyone can be Mr. Turing 🙂
Not all topics to be covered in lecture series are core compsci but there is a lot to learn in these basics as well.
What is a lecture series without a name? Most of the Association members were truly inspired from the Ted Talks and wanted to conduct lectures which facilitate great learning.
We came up with the name of Turing talks. The person taking the lecture shall be called Mr. Turing for the day.
In the further posts we will be taking you through the Turing Talks 1-5.