Computer Science Lures
Computer Science Education Week
Computer Science Education Week was December 5-11, 2010. Check out CSEDWeek.org, It is the week of Grace Hopper's birthday (December 9). I had the opportunity to hear Admiral Hopper speak at an early MACUL conference in Kalamazoo. She looked very old and frail sitting at the speakers' table, but she was dynamic when she spoke. I still have a "nanosecond" she gave me. (It is the distance electrical signals travel in a nanosecond, represented by a wire about 30cm long.) Check out the Wikipedia article on her.
Computer Science Lures was a Computer Science Education Week
meeting of the
Michigan Computer Science Teachers Association on
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 7pm
Detroit Country Day School
22305 West Thirteen Mile Road
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
- CS Ed Week happenings and ideas
- Starting from Scratch and/or Alice
- A High School Sequence:
Multi-Media and Programming or
Programming and Design for the Web;
Intermediate Programming and Data Structures;
Advanced Placement (AB class with A test)
- Ideas from the Group
Get with the program!
Other 2010 Events
Second Annual Programming Competition was held November 13, 2010 at Eastern Michigan University and presented by MACUL's SIGCS and The Department of Computer Science at Eastern Michigan University. Teams were in groups of two to three members. Each team was given six programs to complete in a three-hour time period. Look forward to this next year.
August 18 and 19 (Wednesday and Thursday), the University of Michigan Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Division and Google hosted an interactive two-day CS4HS Summer Workshop for High School Teachers at the U-M North Campus in Ann Arbor. The free workshop was very good last year and again this year. Check here for info.
MiCSTA cosponsored a day-long Robotics Workshop the following Saturday, August 21, with the SIGCS (Special Interest Group for Computer Science) of the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL). Presenters at the workshop were Elmer Santos of GM engineering and Betsy Lamb of Cranbrook Schools. Together these two coaches have over twenty years of experience in robotics and their teams have won numerous awards and championships at state, regional, and national/ international levels.
The workshop covered many different levels of robotics: LEGOS (FIRST Lego League), FTC (FIRST Tech Competition), VRC (VEX Robotics Competition), Robofest, and a brief introduction to FRC (FIRST robotics competition). Participants get direct experience with robots in this hands-on workshop, and also learn about each competition, the kits and fields that are used, and the costs involved in setting up and running a robotics team.
The workshop costs were $60 for the day and included a pizza lunch. And, CEU credits were available.
A group of interested Computer Science teachers met in Grand Rapids March 11, 2010 and decided to form MiCSTA, the Michigan Computer Science Teachers Association. Notes on WEBster blog.
Word of CSTA Executive Committee approval came May 14, 2010, as blogged. MiCSTA is official!
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