SuperQuest 2013 Summer Workshop at PSU
Portland State University
1930 SW 4th Ave
Join us for our three-day SuperQuest summer workshop at Portland State University. The cost is $50 for the workshop. There is an additional cost for graduate credits - see our main SuperQuest page for more details. If the $50 registration fee is a hardship, please contact us for scholarship information. Your registration fee includes a daily light breakfast and boxed lunch.
Note -- when you register you will select just a single workshop (details below) to attend for the full three days of the event.
Registration is closed.
- 8:15am - 9:00am -- Registration
- 9:00am - 11:30am -- Workshop
- 11:45am - 12:45pm -- Lunch
- 1:00pm - 4:00pm -- Workshop
Note -- On Wednesday June 19 there will be an ice cream social and brief tour of the Portland State University engineering facility from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.
LEGO NXT and Tetrix Robotics for FTC (Dale Jordan)
The LEGO NXT computer combined with the Tetrix mechanical system is a powerful robotics system for 7-12 grade students. This is a great next step for older students after they have mastered LEGO Robotics or for high school students starting out fresh. Use the skills learned in this class to coach a FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge (FTC) team or to run your own high school robotics unit. This self paced class will give you solid footing in how to program using the RobotC language and an understanding of common building techniques. Alternatively high school teachers could use RobotC with the LEGO NXT system to create a strong introduction to programming class. For those already familiar with RobotC, this course optionally offers self paced learning on additional topics. These may include:
- Understanding and setup of the Field Control System using WiFi for practices.
- Characterizing and understanding the use of advanced sensors such as the IR Seeker, Gyroscope, Accelerometer and magnetic detector.
- Designing and building with the HiTechnic prototyping board.
This course is led by Dale Jordan, a highly experienced FTC coach and current Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) key volunteer.
Beauty and Joy of Computing, CS Principles (Brian Harvey)
"The Beauty and Joy of Computing" is an AP CS:Principles pilot course from the University of California at Berkeley. This workshop will introduce participants to the BJC curriculum.
AP CS:Principles is a new program being developed under the leadership of the National Science Foundation with the goal of attracting nontraditional students, especially women and underrepresented minorities, to computer science. To do that, the course does not focus only on computer programming, but also includes other topics connecting CS with the computer applications that students love, such as social networking and games, and with important applications and social implications of CS. There have been several pilot versions of this course, sharing a common set of big ideas but differing in the implementation details.
BJC is a technically rigorous implementation of CS:Principles, with half the course time devoted to actual programming practice. In order to include that technical content without losing the nontraditional students, BJC uses a visual, drag-and-drop language designed to meet the needs of the course. This language, Snap!, is based on the design of Scratch, a language for kids developed at the MIT Media Lab. But Snap! adds the capabilities needed to support a serious computer science curriculum: first class procedures and first class lists. These tools allow us to teach recursion, data structures, and higher order functions to novices.
The workshop will include an overview of the entire curriculum, programming practice in Snap!, and discussion of how participants can bring the course to their schools, meeting the constraints of their students and their scheduling. All course materials, including the textbook, are available online at no cost. Bring your laptop!
A goal of the workshop is to build a group of teachers committed to teaching BJC, who might be interested in organizing an offering of our full six-week teacher preparation workshop next summer. Invite your principal to attend at least the first day of this workshop, to help get a commitment to actually offering the course at your school.
Brian Harvey is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught computer programming to students in grades 3-12, and is one of the developers of Snap!. He has written the three-volume Computer Science Logo Style for high schoolers and the textbook Simply Scheme: Introducing Computer Science for undergraduates.
LEGO NXT Robotics (Nikki Kolb)
In this workshop we'll dive deeply into the LEGO NXT robotics system. Beginners can start with the basics of the NXT while experienced users can find out everything they've always wanted to know about things like variables, MyBlocks, Data Hubs, etc. Participants must bring their own computers (Mac OS X or Windows). Bring your own Lego sets to build more complicated models or borrow ours. We'll also discuss inside tips for a successful FIRST Robotics LEGO League (FLL) experience.
Tech Tools for Teachers (Jill Hubbard):
This class has been canceled due to low enrollment.
Educational technology is changing the face of education. This class will explore tools like blogging, Twitter, Collaborize Classroom, Google Apps, poll everywhere, classdojo, Google hangouts, and more to enhance your curriculum, increase your efficiency, encourage student collaboration, reduce your workload, and promote a self paced learning environment.