Each year, Ben Stumpf ’88, head of the Computer Science Department, offers students a chance to share projects with one another. The only criterion: What have you made this year that’s cool? On May 23, a handful of students gathered in the Trudy Room to show off their projects and learn from each other in a casual format.
Quinn Williams ’25 gave a demonstration of a real-time fractal math modeling program he made for Jodi Pickle’s Mathematical Modeling course. He used a gaming console to reconfigure the shape he created using the Mandelbulb, a three-dimensional form of the Mandelbrot set, and the 3D-creation tool Unreal Engine. He ran the demo on a PC that he and Thomas Crowley ’24 had constructed specifically to be used as a high-performance rendering engine.
Mia Sinno Smith ’25 was new to coding in her 9th grade year when she took a Java class. This year in Stumpf’s Machine Learning course, she learned Python and created four machine learning models, which she then compared for accuracy. Programmed to rank English sentences in terms of complexity on a scale of 1–5, her project had practical applications for teaching and assessment of materials for English language learners in mind.
To cap off this year’s showcase, Stumpf played a wonderfully creative music video about computer science topics that Anisa Brown ’26 made for his Creative Computing class.