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  1. DS took Moskaluk's AP Chem at PAH this past year. He liked it. It went well. practice tests suggest a 5. That said....it was not difficult. He took the class Connie (CloverValley) is now calling 'Advanced Honors Chem' the year before, and said it covered more and in more depth. AP was basically a review.
  2. https://www.amazon.jobs/en/teams/internships-for-students is the primary page. also https://www.amazon.jobs/en/business_categories/student-programs. As a CS major, she'd probably be looking for a Software Development Engineer internship. If she can't find the application process, DM me and I'll help get it sorted out. It's a pretty great experience, IMO. They're assigned to a team that owns something in Amazon/AWS, have a specific project to work on, a mentor assigned, and there's usually a number of fun interns-activities scheduled. I've worked with many, and by the end of their summer t
  3. when selecting a college for an engineering program, you might ask which companies recruit there. Or, if there's a target job/company, you might ask them if they recruit there. re: pay increase for an MS or PhD...._right now_ (and frankly right now is a bit of a weird time for hiring engineers as the market is super hot) at big tech. I can't say anything about how this compares to startups or smaller tech companies, or locations outside the US. - a new BS(EE|CS|CSE|etc) gets hired as an L4 at Amazon or L3 at Google. Most get promoted 1 level in 2-3 years. - a new MS(EE|CS
  4. the first programming language is by far the hardest. That's partially because the syntax of most common procedural and/or object-oriented, imperative programming languages is fairly similar, and partially because learning the concepts of doing programming and the basic tools for doing so (editor, compiler or interpreter, debugger, etc) is a bigger hurdle than the syntax for doing so in any (ok, most) particular language. If you're a good Python programmer, you can read most Java as long as you can google some syntax and library things. You could become a passable Java programmer in two w
  5. "So how to homeschoolers get on this thing? " AFAIK, there isn't a path to joining that program as a homeschooler. THAT SAID, Amazon offers internships to tech college students - mostly, but not exclusively, software engineering internships to CS majors. I've worked with dozens of them, and it's a pretty great gig. You get paid (rather a lot, honestly) and Amazon funds a cost-of-living for apartments, and about 50-60% get an offer for a full-time role once you graduate. I can get more specifics if someone's interested, but I believe the filtering is based on where you're going to schoo
  6. youngest took AP CompSciA (the programming one, not the 'appreciation of computers one') from Mrs Lang 3 years ago, and then TA'd for it the past two years. They'd tell you the liked the course, and they did get a 5, but having helped them review for the test IMO they pretty much learned java programming from scratch in a month. From watching them TA the class there seem to be two categories of students - those who are engaged and active and leverage the TAs and do great, and those who are both totally lost and also totally disengaged. TBH, learning to do basic programming in a lan
  7. If you've been through this process, can you DM me? Questions about what to do wrt names on test scores, transcripts, etc.
  8. DS college shut down ALL group activities of any kind - practices for all sports, all meet-ups, dining in the cafeteria by anyone, etc. But yet the let the choir continue to practice in person because they've had 0 cases traced to choir and only 5 of 50 quarantined all term (contact w/ roommates who had a scare. all negative) Overall, positive test rates on campus have been much higher than Im comfortable with, but the choir has done fine. <shrug> It's almost like if we'd actually all wear a mask and actually all not stand next to each other then this wouldn't be all that bad!
  9. I'll second this. often, this sort of 'practical mechanics' isn't taught in school and yet it's super important. Efficient software engineers are good at these things. None these classes will tell you anything about how to program or even about logically how to solve the problem - but they will teach you about the systems in which you do such programming and on which your programs run. This is sort-of like wordprocessing class for authors. It won't write your book, but if you're constantly fighting the writing tool you won't be a very efficient author, either. FWIW, this probably WILL imp
  10. this. the number of physics PhDs appears to exceed the number of physics research jobs. I've worked with several people with Physics PhDs, all of whom found their eventual careers writing fairly mathy software (numerical minimization, physical simulations, and similar). Honestly, they were really great at it. But they weren't doing physics. re: oversupply of PhDs in every field...about 20% of the engineers I work with have CS PhDs and we heavily recruit from all the major universities in the US. PhD in CompSci is very marketable. Most don't end up doing research, but rather the mor
  11. music theatre here. we were mostly un-prepared for the insanity that is auditions. He ended up in a BA program, which was not what he wanted. He 100% loves it, though. He joined the top-lvl choir (got in as a freshman! woot!) and loves his voice coach. They're recording videos of their performances (can't watch live) and it's amusing. 40 kids in a gym-sized room, each at last 8' from anyone else, all wearing 'singing masks' (they stickout from your face and make you look like a duck). OTOH, there isn't any music theater going on pretty much anywhere in the world right now and no id
  12. replies to various of the above.... - Waterloo - totally great place for a CS degree. Especially good for design automation. great choice. - it MOSTLY won't matter what language you learn right now. you're going to have used 3-6 before you graduate and another 2-5 in your first 5 years on the job. the first one is the hardest, mostly because you're learning how to program (think). syntax is the easy part. that said... - don't pick Javascript. It's a horrid language and as the name implies it's more a scripting language than a 'real' language. I'd pick Python. Secondly Java. If
  13. me too. I entered the PhD program (CompSci) and bailed out mid-way. I didn't intend to ever teach, and the job opportunity came along that was the PhD was supposed to enable, so that's what I did. No regrets. At least a the time, my advisor was very hesitant to take on PhD students who already had a MS. He had MS students, but they were handled differently. 100% of his PhD students had paid research assistant positions (grant funded). He didn't want new PhD students who already had a MS because you didn't expect them to be there long enough to make it worth it. If you got someone in w/ j
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