Teaching Information Theory with Minimal Equations to a High Schooler

Blog, Information Theory (Winter 2021)

By: Rebecca Wong (rwong01@stanford.edu)

I had the opportunity to mentor a lovely high school senior, Sam, who I got connected with through my old high school physics teacher. Sam is taking physics right now, but she intends on studying political science in college and is interested in law and social issues. Even though her main interest is not in a hard science or engineering discipline, she is broadly very curious and a voracious learner who loves learning and taking an interest in courses and topics outside of her immediate interests, for which I’m very grateful for as it made our conversations engaging, and challenged me to translate very math-heavy topics into something she could understand and appreciate without the math background overhead.