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Fearlessly – a mother asks,

I see a lot of jobs for computer engineers. I was wondering, do these jobs require math skills?

Rory's reply

I thought it would be a good idea to have a real computer engineer, Jim Hinds, answer this one, so I asked Jim for his comments. Here's his reply:

  • Math is not the essence of most computer engineers as it used to be (although it IS essential for electrical engineers, statisticians and graphical rendering type folks).
  • It’s more like “do you have the knack” to construct stuff.  Especially virtual stuff.  “Can you figure out ALL the consequences of what happens in your program?”  Kind of abstract Lego-block thinking.
  • They don’t teach that in math, or English.  Physics and chemistry kind of thinking could work, especially when you need to think of throughput and stuff like that.
  • The good programmers just “have it.”  So if the kid likes it, that’s the important thing.

The best way to teach kids to "have it" is to insure they're taught their fundamental academic skills. Kids who succeed with these fundamental skills have a much better chance of "physics and chemistry kind-of-thinking." This is what our 3 free solutions are all about.

Every kid, all ages, all skill-levels will thank you. These are the skills kids require to continue their educations and hold jobs with a future.

Thanks for all you do to flood kids with reading, math and study-skill success,

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Rory Donaldson, Chief Brain, Success with reading, math and study-skills teacher, Brainsarefun. To save academic lives Brainsarefun's Fearless Friday Blog is published fearlessly every Friday, © 2012 – 2014 by Rory Donaldson,, 860-304-3178. Our kids really can do it!

Rory Donaldson

I flood kids with reading, math and study-skill success.