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We are very grateful for a generous grant from Google that will facilitate programming workshops in Burnie (Thursday 1 December 2016), Launceston (Tuesday 29 November 2016) and Hobart (Wednesday 23 November 2016). In each case the location will be a computer laboratory situated in University of Tasmania premises.
The workshops will be presented by Ying Chen of the School of Engineering and CIS (http://www.utas.edu.au/computing-information-systems) at University of Tasmania, with assistance from Dr. Graeme Faulkner. Click here to see pdf flyer giving more detailed information. These workshops follow on from the successful workshops that Google kindly sponsored in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
These half-day workshops are planned to allow participants to take part in hands-on beginner-level experiences with Robomatter's new Scratch-like Graphical RobotC combined with Virtual Robotics, which have the potential to reduce costs. We will also cover new developments in Educational Robotics, and will show examples of the VEX IQ, the new Spartan Robot which has been announced as being donated to the Tasmanian Education Department, a MATRIX robot, two Raspberry Pi GoPiGo robots, two "Little Bits" electronics demonstration kits, and an Edison Robot. It is anticipated that the experience of attending the workshop will assist those who have an interest in IT teaching to think about extending their Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics curriculum teaching by incorporating fun robotics activities. The workshops are appropriate for any teachers, training teachers or volunteers associated with Grades 3 - 10 who would like to try out the fundamentals of the new "Scratch-like" Graphical RobotC programming, and have a look at these robots. No previous programming experience is necessary. Some familiarity with the Windows operating system is desirable.
Because of Google's kind support, attendance at these workshops will be free.
Ying Chen is a lecturer in Information Systems in the University of Tasmania. Her practical robotics experience extends over half a decade, encouraging young people to pursue STEM related subjects and helping them develop creativity and computational thinking skills through robotics.
Dr. Graeme Faulkner is currently retired after half a century working in Engineering organizations, and teaching Engineering and Computer Science subjects at various Universities. Since retiring, he has been a school mentor to local, State, Australian and World winning RoboCup teams from Tasmania.
Ying, Yaya Lu (yayalu.net) and Graeme have produced resources that assist teachers to use robotics as part of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education in Primary and Secondary Schools. In 2012 free beginner-level LEGO MindStorms NXT robotics video tutorials on the http://www.DrGraeme.net web site drew millions of hits from 158 countries, with Google Translate reporting translations into 40 languages. In 2013 these hits increased by 50%, and our team produced http://www.DrGraeme.org to make free LEGO MindStorms EV3 robotics tutorials for "Absolute Beginners" available worldwide on YouTube and at the Udemy MOOC site https://www.udemy.com/fun-with-beginner-lego-mindstorms-ev3-robotics/ , serving over 8,000 Udemy students, with over 450,000 views on YouTube, the students coming from 7/8 of the world's countries. The team has also run Adult Education and University robotics workshops, as well as workshops for special interest groups and assisted teachers in many school robotics programs.
Ying and Graeme hope to use their combined experience to present down-to-earth, practical, and hopefully entertaining workshops using beginner-level video tutorials for LEGO's new EV3 MindStorms sets. The tutorials will work for both LEGO's Home and Education sets.
Registration for these workshops is via this form. You can register early interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org , making sure to add CS4HS 2016 in your email's subject heading.
Both presenters wish to express their gratitude to Google, as these workshops could not be offered if it were not for the support from this generous company and their CS4HS programme.
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