Invent to Learn Florida 2020 Workshops: Making, Coding, and Physical Computing Across the Curriculum
Join colleagues for a one-day introduction to the latest coding and physical computing devices available for students. Focusing on the BBC micro:bit, we will explore and use a variety of programming environments, boards, and accessories.
Never before has this much computational power been available for playful, creative projects in all classes and subjects. Even better, the low cost of these materials democratizes powerful learning opportunities.
- micro:bits can go home
- Projects do not need to be dismantled at the end of each class period
- Projects may include multiple microcontrollers
- Inventions may communicate with each other
- Programming is accessible via a variety of programming languages developed for learners and learning
- The range, breadth, and depth of possible projects appeals to a greater diversity of learners and teachers
This Invent to Learn workshop, led by Sylvia Martinez and Dr. Gary Stager, will introduce remarkable new technologies that may be used today to amplify the potential of each learner and expand the breadth, depth, and range of possible projects. Learn how the BBC micro:bit, MakeCode, SNAP!, Scratch 3.0, Hummingbird Bit robotics kit, Circuit Playground Express, and microBlocks, plus Do-It-Yourself game arcades like Brainpad and Meowbot can supercharge project-based learning across the curriculum. These technologies and related constructive material create great opportunities to bring progressive education ideals to life in any classroom. Extension boards and materials from developers, including Kitronik, Sparkfun, Lectrify, and Adafruit will be available for tinkering.
STEM | STEAM | CODING | DESIGN | MAKING | PBL
In our eyes, physical computing covers a range of remarkable opportunities for students to invent, make, design, and build robots, wearable devices, curriculum projects, interactive art, and personal projects. We will explore all of this and more in our workshop.
The morning will be spent learning about the micro:bit, its “cousin” microcontroller development boards, and new software appropriate for democratizing computing experiences across the curriculum. After lunch, you will tackle an engineering challenge using the new Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit. Hands-on/minds-on learning experiences will be the day’s focus.
- Full-day hands-on workshop
- Your very own micro:bit Go kit to take home – a $20 value
- A copy of the newly revised book, Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom – $34.95 value
- 15% off coupon for purchase of Hummingbird Robotics Kit products
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
February 10, 2020 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
|Pine Crest School|
1501 NE 62nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334
|$250 for one registrant – Fort Lauderdale February 10|
|Carpool and save! $225 each for two registrants – Fort Lauderdale February 10|
|Bring a team, save more! $210 each for three registrants – Fort Lauderdale February 10|
February 12, 2020 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
|Riverside Presbyterian Day School|
830 Oak Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
|$250 for one registrant – Jacksonville February 12|
|Carpool and save! $225 each for two registrants – Jacksonville February 12|
|Bring a team, save more! $210 each for three registrants – Jacksonville February 12|
|Who Should Attend?||Learn More|
| K-12 teachers|
Computer science teachers
Basic computer operations – drag/drop, copy/paste, file management – skills a plus
Newcomers to coding welcome!
|Why the micro:bit matters|
Why the Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit is our favorite edtech material
Program your own Gameboy!
Gary Stager is one of the world’s leading experts and advocates for computer programming, robotics and learning-by-doing in classrooms. In 1990, Dr. Stager led professional development in the world’s first laptop schools and played a major role in the early days of online education. In addition to being a popular keynote speaker at some of the world’s most prestigious education conferences, Gary is a journalist, teacher educator, consultant, professor, software developer, publisher, and school administrator. An elementary teacher by training, he has taught students from preschool through doctoral studies. More about Gary Stager
Sylvia Martinez was an aerospace engineer before becoming an educational software producer and vice president of a video game company. She spent a decade as the President of Generation YES, the groundbreaking non-profit that provides educators with the tools necessary to place students in leadership roles in their schools and communities. In addition to leading workshops, Sylvia delights and challenges audiences as a keynote speaker at major conferences around the world. She brings her real-world experience in highly innovative work environments to learning organizations that wish to change STEM education to be more inclusive, effective, and engaging. More about Sylvia Martinez