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Peggy Fisher

Peggy Fisher Peggy Fisher is currently a faculty member at Penn State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology. She started out as a programmer working for a large insurance company, but after 18 years she left her job as a director of information technology to pursue her true passion—teaching. She earned a master's degree in math education, and went on to teach high school math and computer science in Central Pennsylvania. In 2012, Peggy accepted a position as an instructional designer at Penn State, and shortly thereafter began teaching Intro to Application Programming with Java. As one of the few female programming teachers, she serves as a mentor to incoming female freshmen who are considering a career in programming. She is also the K–12 outreach coordinator for the college, where she schedules, runs, and teaches summer camps for middle school and high school students. In a PBS NewsHour interview, she expressed that all students should take at least one programming class either in high school or college. Peggy enjoys constantly learning and finding new and exciting ways to bring technology to life in the classroom, such as using Arduino microcontrollers or Lego Mindstorms to help make learning hands-on and fun.
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    Taking a college-level programming course? Maximize your learning with these Java tutorials.

    3h 6m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Arduino

    Start programming interactive objects (everything from wearable tech to robots!) with Arduino open-source microcontrollers.

    1h 54m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Java

    Get started programming in Java with this three-hour capsule course. Learn how to create classes, control program logic and flow, and build basic graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

    3h 8m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Women in STEM

    Find out what it takes to break into STEM. Meet three inspiring women with successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

    13m 27s
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  • view course page for Up and Running with C++

    Learn the basics of programming with C++.

    2h 36m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Arduino

    Start programming interactive objects with Arduino Uno, the open-source single-board microcontroller.

    1h 35m
    Beginner
     
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