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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

August, 2007

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Clint Rutkas Joins Microsoft


    I'm happy to welcome Clint Rutkas to the Academic Relations Team at Microsoft. Clint has an interesting blog at At his site you will find some interesting tail of a computerized disco dance floor among other projects. He's also created a computerized bartender. Both are programmed using C# as I understand it.

    Clint has been contributing to Coding4Fun for a while (big surprise there huh?) and that work will continue as well. This week Clint is at GameFest. I look forward to reading that trip report.

    I can see that Clint is going to be an interesting and valuable member of the team.  I'm going to meet him in-preson in about a week. I'm going to try to get him to help me create some projects that are interesting for the pre-college student and hobbiest. I think the dance floor is safe as it is but I'd like to see something that serves up drinks that are safe for a high school event.

    Welcome Clint!

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Microsoft Education News


    Club Tech - I've written about the Club Tech program before. It's a technology program run by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America with sponsorship help from Microsoft and other partners. Recently the Clubs held the National Digital Arts Festival, an annual competition among Boys & Girls Club members in the core design categories. The competition gives youth much-needed positive reinforcement, and the impetus to take their creative expression and their computer skills to a higher level, potentially even inspiring a new career. Read about it here.

    The School of the Future in Philadelphia continues to make news even as it prepares for its second year of operation. The School of the Future was built completely with local money and is run by the public school system in Philadelphia. Microsoft was heavily involved in the design of the school from top to bottom but did not contribute money or hardware. The idea was to create a school that could be replicated without bug corporate or other external funding. As you can read about here expansion of this project is anticipated to many other places.

  • Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

    Virtual Tour of Kennedy Space Center


    Microsoft's Photosynth research project has teamed up with NASA to create some new and details views of the Kennedy Space Center and the space shuttle.

    Today, we’re announcing an exciting collaboration with NASA using Photosynth technology, to create three-dimensional environments of preparations for the launch of space shuttle Endeavour.  For the first time ever, viewers can experience unprecedented views of shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad, interior and surrounding area of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the return of previous flight Shuttle Atlantis atop a 747. Photosynth is able to capture the depth and complexity of the shuttle’s structure, providing exclusive images to viewers around the world enabling the unique ability to explore this NASA mission.

    Click here to install the Photosynth viewer or visit our video section to see the technology in action.

    In addition, Live Labs has collaborated with MSNBC to create a special multimedia tour of the Kennedy Space Center.

    Also check out these links for more information:


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