[ipre-announce] Summer Workshops for Faculty: Robots for Intro CS

Tucker Balch tucker.balch at cc.gatech.edu
Fri Mar 14 13:31:49 EDT 2008

Please share with colleagues who may be interested.  We welcome 
university instructors, professors, high school teachers and home school 
teachers who are interested to try robots as a context for teaching 
introductory Computer Science.


IPRE Summer Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Workshop

at Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia June 11, 12, 13
at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, July 7, 8, 9

Synopsis: The Institute for Personal Robots in Education is pleased to 
offer two workshops this summer for instructors interested in using 
robots as a context for CS education.  In this workshop we will 
introduce you to a fresh approach to CS1 that uses personal robots. You 
will be provided with a personal robot kit and curricular materials and 
receive hands on training on how to teach CS1 with personal robots. The 
robots are programmed using Python. No prior knowledge of Python will be 
essential for attending this workshop. You will have an opportunity to 
become an integral member of the IPRE community that is actively 
developing this approach of teaching CS1.

Audience: We encourage participation from instructors and professors who 
teach introductory computer science at the undergraduate level; we also 
welcome high school teachers.

Costs: The registration fee is $30.  IPRE is able to provide each 
participant with lodging, meals, and a scribbler robot kit to keep. We 
may be able to offer additional travel support to some participants. 
Please indicate your need for travel support on the reservation form.

Tucker Balch, Associate Professor, Interactive Computing
Director, Institute for Personal Robots in Education
Georgia Institute of Technology

phone: +1 404 385-2861 phax: +1 404 601-3185

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