CS4ALL 2015: Workshop for Teaching Computer Science in K-12 Classroom

Google Computer Science for High SchoolCS4ALL Workshop

Michigan Tech, August 17-19, 2015

APPLICATION: Deadline is June 25, 2015.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE: Upper Peninsula teachers and administrators interested in teaching computer science and programming in their school or classroom.

COST: Attendance is free.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Meals will be provided while the workshop is in session. A stipend will be provided to cover travel and other expenses. Free accommodations are available for out of town participants.

FOLLOW UP SUPPORT: One year of assistance in CS instruction and course development from a Michigan Tech Computer Science graduate student.

Visit the Michigan Tech CS4ALL workshop website and apply for participation.

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Prof. Charles Wallace at wallace@mtu.edu.

This workshop is made possible through a Google CS4HS grant. Learn more about Google Computer Science for High School.

Google Grant Supports Computer Science Training for Teachers

Three Michigan Tech faculty members have received a Google Computer Science for High School grant to develop a UP-wide community of K-12 teachers trained to teach computer science and programming.

Faculty members who developed this initiative and received the Google grant are Professor Linda Ott (CS), Associate Professor Charles Wallace (CS) and Lecturer Leo Ureel II (CS).

Google, like other Silicon Valley tech companies, is actively promoting computational thinking as a skill that needs to be taught to pre-college students.

The kick-off event is a workshop for K-12 teachers on computer science and computational thinking, August 17-19 at Michigan Tech.

The workshop is free and includes meals, a hotel room for teachers from out of town, a stipend to help cover travel expenses and a year of support from Michigan Tech’s Computer Science Department for computer science course development and instruction.

The workshop will begin with basic computer science principles, so teachers with little or no computer science experience are eligible. Up to 40 teachers can attend.

One of the workshop’s goals is to help teachers integrate computer programming into new or existing courses.

From Tech Today, by Jennifer Donovan.

Online at the Library: Computer Help for Adults

The Portage Lake District Library and students from the Computer Science Department at Michigan Tech will provide free computer help for adults throughout the summer. These computer help sessions with individual tutors will be held every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the library beginning now through August.

“Online at the Library: Computer Help for Adults” will show participants how to use the internet to keep in touch with people, share pictures and letters, find information, solve computer problems, and much more. Tutors will help each participant with their own particular needs. People may attend as many of the sessions as they wish, and those who have laptops may bring them.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit the library at www.pldl.org.

Reposted from Events@PLDL.

Online at the Library helps bridge technological gaps

“It is really important to have these tutoring sessions because you always attempt to try and bridge that technological gap between the youth and the elderly” said Keith Atkinson, Michigan Tech sophomore and tutor. “Not everyone that comes in here is elderly though; some people just come and have a computer question. It is really important to bridge that gap.”

Read more and watch the video at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Rebecca Himmelstein.

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Advancing Digital Literacy in Houghton, County, Michigan

For those new to technology, the Computer Help for Adults program at Portage Lake District Library is unlocking the unknown. Residents come from Portage Lake in Houghton County, MI as well as surrounding towns to work one-on-one with students at Michigan Technological University (MTU) to learn about new devices. The Computer Help for Adults program is one of many initiatives in Houghton County that has awarded them status as a Connected certified community. Houghton County celebrates their achievement in June, becoming the second Connected certified community in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula.

Every Friday morning at the library, students at MTU become instructors and help participants navigate a variety of devices and applications. Instructors include both undergraduates and graduate-level students in Computer Science and technology-oriented Humanities majors. While the students have grown up immersed in the Information Age, to many of the participants of the program, everything is brand new.

“For people being presented with technology for the first time, it is a tremendous shock and there’s a lot to learn,” said Charles Wallace, associate professor of Computer Science at MTU and faculty organizer of the program. “Digital literacy is our number one priority.”

Read more at Connected, Powered by Connected Nation.

Promotions for Onder, Wang, and Kuhl

Michigan Tech Board of Control Adopts New Strategic Plan

At its regular meeting on Friday, May 1, 2015, the Board of Control promoted 11 associate professors with tenure to professor with tenure. Among them are Soner Onder and Zhenlin Wang.

The Board also promoted 18 assistant professors to associate professor with tenure and one associate professor without tenure to associate professor with tenure. Among them is Scott Kuhl.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.

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Mind Music Machine Lab Podcast in Distillations Magazine

tri-M-podcastResearchers involved with Michigan Tech’s Mind MusicMachine Lab were interviewed by reporter Allison Mills for a podcast in Distillations Magazine. The magazine is an online publication of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, which is a library, museum, and center for scholars.

The interview occupies about the first 12 minutes of Episode 198: Old Brains, New Brains: The Human Mind, Past and Present.

The interviewees for that segment include:

Humane Interface Design Interviewed at 2015 Design Expo

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Human Interface Design at Design Expo 2015

The Enterprise team Human Interface Design (HIDE) presented at the 2015 Design Expo held at the Memorial Union Ballroom on April 16.

Team Leaders
Stephen Radachy, Computer Science and Seyedeh Maryam “Shabnam” Fakhrhosseini
Advisor
Robert Pastel, Computer Science
Sponsor
Humana
Project Overview
Our team provides students with an opportunity to design, develop, and evaluate interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. As a whole, HIDE works together to design and test different applications for our industry partners that can be used on Android, iPhone, and other devices. We accomplish these projects by combining knowledge from multiple disciplines (e.g., computer science, psychology, and human factors). Students can get involved in various stages of the design process, from developing an app by programming to evaluation by designing usability tests and analyzing data.

WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW FOR MICHIGAN TECH EXPO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUkonSLVNuY

Husky Game Development Participates in 2015 Design Expo

Husky Game Development at Design Expo 2015
Husky Game Development at Design Expo 2015

The Enterprise team Husky Game Development presented at the 2015 Design Expo held at the Memorial Union Ballroom on April 16.

Team Leader
Mitch Davis, Computer Science and Ryan George, Computer Network and System Administration
Advisor
Scott Kuhl, Computer Science
Sponsors
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Mel Visser (Michigan Tech Alumnus)
Project Overview
Husky Game Development is a growing enterprise that has been developing games for computers, gaming consoles, and mobile devices since 2004. Our mission is to design and develop games for business, education, and fun. We work as an interdisciplinary, student-run enterprise that fosters productivity, creativity, and effective business practices.

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Workshop: Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) will host the first workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research.” We would like to invite researchers and practitioners interested in in-vehicle user interfaces and applications. This workshop aims to identify plausible research projects and collaborators for each identified project, introduce possible funding agencies and proposal submission logistics, and plan and schedule activities that will culminate in competitive proposal submission.

Guest Speakers

  • Andrew Kun (University of New Hampshire)
  • Bruce Walker (Georgia Tech)
  • Andreas Riener (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
  • Collin Castle (Michigan Department of Transportation)

Registration
There is no registration fee, but an RSVP is preferred. Please RSVP to Steven Landry, assistant organizer, sglandry@mtu.edu, by Thursday, April 30.

Catered lunch and wine and cheese reception will be provided. The day before and after, the Mind Music Machine Lab will also have a demo session on research facilities, including multiple driving simulators, robots and virtual environment.

Submission
Participants, who want to present their research interests and skill sets can send a single power point slide to Steven Landry, assistant organizer, sglandry@mtu.edu, by Thursday, May 14.

Research presentation is not mandatory. You can attend without any presentation.

This workshop is hosted by Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences and Department of Computer Science.

From Tech Today.

Workshop on “Developing Partnership and Advancing Driving Research”
Date and Location
When: May 28th 2015 Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Great Lake Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Tech