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Humans and computers use algorithms to perform everyday tasks. Algorithms are a set of steps used to complete a specific task. Programs rely on them to function and make decisions!

Algorithms can be set up to react and become better. Each step can be tested to find which works best and which wastes time. A morning routine to get ready for school is built over time. If you find doing things in a certain order gets you ready faster, it saves you time and you can sleep in more!

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Making Connections


Have you ever made a sandwich? What is the sequence you used? Does the order of steps matter?


Have you read other books about algorithms or sequencing? What did you learn?


Grocery stores have a lot of items and people. What algorithms do you think are used to stock the shelves? Do you think customers use an algorithm to shop?

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