I've never seen a man type so fast.
I've got this need to program. I wake up in the morning with sentences of a literate program. Before breakfast - I'm sure poets must feel this - I have to go to the computer and write this paragraph and then I can eat and I'm happy.
Describe your experience of programming. What goes through your mind? What do you feel?
Some programmers talk about being "in the zone." Have you had this experience?
The grade is pass/fail. More important is the follow-up discussion in which students share their experiences.
Theory is when you know something, but it doesn't work. Practice is when something works, but you don't know why. Programmers combine theory and practice: Nothing works and they don't know why.
Write an alternative history of an aspect a computing. What if:
people . . . assume that some committee got it right and presented them with a set of tools or languages, and all they have to do is use it properly. There are amazing stories about where this stuff came from, and what influenced what, and who did what, and what is now considered a mistake, and what should be considered a mistake, but isn’t yet.