A day in the life
Alex Brodsky, professor
Having been in this faculty for a couple of years, I see how much effort is put into tracking how students are doing to ensure they all succeed.
‘Let your creativity run wild’
There are a lot of things Alex Brodsky likes about computers.
“With a computer, you can create your own worlds and create the rules you want in them,” says the Computer Science professor. “You can let your creativity run wild. You get to decide how programs and games behave; the power is at your fingertips to program them to do what you want.”
Dr. Brodsky brings this passion to the classes he teaches at Dalhousie, such as Animated Computing (CSCI 1106). In this class, first-year students are introduced to computer science through topics that don't involve intensive programming, such as robotics and game design.
Students get the opportunity to design robots using Lego Mindstorm and then compete in Robot Olympics, where the machines must achieve certain tasks and are judged and marked on completing those tasks.
For the game design component, students work with Adobe Flash and design simple games.
“They go from knowing nothing about programming to designing a very impressive game after one semester,” says Dr. Brodsky.
He hopes students who take his classes walk away knowing how to apply the concepts they've learned so they can solve problems they haven’t encountered before.
Dr. Brodsky feels Dalhousie is an ideal place for students to study and points to the excellent faculty-student ratios as proof, along with the facilities the university offers.
“Having been in this faculty for a couple of years, I can see how much effort is put into tracking how students are doing to ensure they all succeed,” he says.