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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

February, 2008

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    Science and Engineering Links

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    Did you know that this is National Engineering Week? Well it is. So in honor of that a few links.

    Check out the Try Science web site - Sponsored by IBM. There you will find a list of science competitions by a wide range of sponsors and for a number of different age groups.

    Last week I wrote about Maker Faire. If you are interested in science and engineering taken for fun and excitement check them out.

    Last year I had the following links which appear to still be good.

    Discover Engineering Online
    Introduce a Girl to Engineering - This year's date for this is the 21st BTW
    The Sightseer's Guide to Engineering

    Engineering is fun, interesting and a great way to change the world. Spread the word!

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    Summer Workshops for Teachers

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    I received a pair of announcements about summer workshops for teachers at Carnegie Mellon this summer. having attended a number of workshops at CMU over the years I have come to respect them as about the best learning opportunity a teacher can have. They are also wonderful networking opportunities as some of the best and the brightest of high school computer science teachers attend and help with these events. I have quoted the announcements below with hotlinks in the titles.

    Alice Institute

    Carnegie Mellon will host an Alice Institute for interested high school and college instructors June 28 - July 3. Plan on arriving on Saturday, June 28. This institute will explore the Alice programming environment for all teachers looking for an effective and engaging tool to introduce students from middle school through college level to programming and Computer Science. Working with nationally recognized experts in Alice, a tool developed at Carnegie Mellon, teachers will develop an understanding of Alice, and teaching methods suitable for presenting Alice in their own unique environment. The workshop is appropriate for any instructor who is considering or currently using Alice in a pre-CS1 or CS1 course.

    Cost for the workshop is $275. The workshop fee will include materials and opening dinner/closing lunch; all other meals are on your own: if your school district is paying, you must add in an appropriate per- diem to cover meals. The cost for single-occupancy, on-campus housing at Resnik Hall is $360. Unfortunately, we are not equipped to accept school purchase order or credit card payments.

    Java Workshop for AP Teachers

    Carnegie Mellon will host a summer workshop for AP Computer Science high school teachers July 27 - August 2 (plan on arriving on Sunday, July 27). The workshop is intended for teachers who have one year teaching experience in Java. This week is appropriate for experienced teachers of the current A or AB curriculum. Through lecture, demonstrations, and lab assignments, participants will work with experienced Computer Science instructors developing an understanding of these topics, and teaching methods for presentation in their own classroom setting.

    There will also be an extensive exploration of the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Case Study, "GridWorld".

    Cost for the workshop is $450. The workshop fee will include materials and opening dinner/closing lunch; all other meals are on your own: if your school district is paying, you must add in an appropriate per- diem to cover meals. The cost for single-occupancy, on-campus housing at Resnik Hall is $360. Unfortunately, we are not equipped to accept school purchase order or credit card payments.

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    An Operating System You Can Play With in C#

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    The contributors over at Channel 8, the web community for students interested in computer technology, are really turning us some interesting things. Recently there was a student interview with Bill Gates and then the other day I read about Cosmos. Cosmos is an operating system that is being written in C#. It's an open source project so you can get the code and mess with it yourself. Yeah, I know, you can do that with Linux too. Of course you have to be pretty good in C/C++ to mess with Linux and Linux has grown to be a pretty large bit of code these days. Sometimes one wants to dig into something a little more manageable.

    Cosmos is still pretty small and there appear to be a lot of pieces that are either waiting for someone to implement or not quite so far done that there is nothing left for others to do. At the Channel 8 article you will find some step by step instructions for getting it up and running in a Virtual PC environment. And of course links to the code.

    As for me, I'm wondering how I can find some time to play with some shell ideas I have running through my head.

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