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A CompSci meeting on communication

Let me introduce this post with a ‘joke’ on CompScis:

Q: How do you tell an introverted computer scientist from an extroverted computer scientist?

A: An extroverted computer scientist looks at your shoes when he talks to you.

Ha, ha, ha…

As CompScis supposedly have trouble communicating (an essential skill at any point in life), the second Part 1A meeting was on communication.

Just like last week, we were told to split up into two groups. Armed with a laptop each, the groups were put in separate rooms. Once we got our Skype connection set up (important detail: we had audio communication only) the instructions of the game were told.

Both groups were given a set of Lego which was not too complex, but involved more than just stacking 4×2 blocks. The instructions belonging to sets, however, were swapped. Now, the challenge was to build both of the Lego sets using audio communication only.

Surprisingly enough (not so much…), we did quite well building the Lego sets. The difficulty of the game was therefore increased by limiting the number of persons to touch the Lego in a group to one and that one person had to keep his eyes closed. The result:


A fully working helicopter