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Physical Computing [clear filter]
Thursday, May 16

10:40am CDT

Hands on Coding for Grades 6-12 (Really!)
Hand on Coding for Grades 6-12 (Really) offers an overview of many different student friendly platforms that can support beginning through advanced coding in a middle and high school program.  This session features student inventors who are eager to share their own coding creations that can then be brought back to summit participant's home schools.  

The session will begin with a brief overview of a wide variety of platforms available to support coding in both middle and high school settings. Participants will then be able to meet with students from grades 6-12 who will share examples of their own coding projects and experiences in an informal session. Student presenters range in ages from 12-17 and in skill levels that vary from beginning middle schoolers using block code platforms to advanced javascript web-designers in the high school. This program is ideal for educators interested in seeing the big picture of a complete middle and high school program and meeting the students who are part of that program. It is also ideal for educators hoping to get ideas of platforms to support their own coding instruction.

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Peter Williams

St. Paul Public Schools

Valerie Rudderforth

St. Paul Public Schools

Thursday May 16, 2019 10:40am - 11:30am CDT
Rm 325

11:40am CDT

Micro:bit for Makers: Working with Pins
Many parts of a micro:bit are pretty intuitive - buttons, LEDs, and shaking, for example - but some require a little more background. This session is focused on digging into one: the gold pins on the bottom.
Participants will start with theoretical understanding of what the pins on a micro:bit are for and how to use the relevant MakeCode/Scratch blocks. They'll apply their knowledge by exploring several different projects incorporating pin press code with physical objects, and expand knowledge of how micro:bit can be used by makers!

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Eileen King

Core:IT instructor, Minnesota Computers for Schools

Thursday May 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm CDT
Rm 325

1:40pm CDT

Creative & Crafty Coding
In this session we will explore the ways that creativity, coding, and crafting (aka making) intersect to create meaning for our learners. We will look at some frameworks that work well in creative computer science work as well as curricular examples that bridge creative coding and meaningful making. We will look at how coding platforms, physical computing components, and different craft areas can come together to create powerful learning experiences.

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Heather Benedict

Consultant, St. Catherine University

Thursday May 16, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm CDT
Rm 325

2:40pm CDT

Physical Computing in K-8 Environments: Let’s Play with Electricity
In this session we’ll discuss a variety of tools and strategies for helping K-8 students to develop a foundational understanding of electricity and learn to tinker with it safely, creatively, and inexpensively.

I’ll plan to cover how Squishy Circuits, Scrappy Circuits, Paper Circuits, electrified wearables, dollar store robots, Makey Makey (and Funkey), and Microbits.

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Tami Brass

Director of Instructional Technology, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
I've been teaching in and supporting 1:1 environments for over 15 years and most recently have been geeking out on making and computer science. Don't ask what level I'm on in Candy Crush...

Thursday May 16, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm CDT
Rm 325