Teachers plan to educate computer sciences to all ages

Tech+WorkshopHOUGHTON Teachers are spreading knowledge of computer science into their classrooms. More than 30 teachers are on Michigan Tech’s campus to learn how.

A three day workshop is taking place for teachers from all grade levels across the state and surrounding areas. They’re learning the basic understanding of computer science. Including programming and coding. Teachers are also being taught how to increase interest in computer science among girls.

“More women are becoming involved because they’re required to take computer science and they discover that they enjoy programming,” said workshop instructor, Linda Ott.

“When they’re not required to take it they often shy away from it and they don’t realize that they might be interested.”

Read more at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Aleah Hordges.


Linda Ott blogs on STEM

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Linda Ott, Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean for Special Initiatives in the College of Sciences and Arts, was welcomed as a guest blogger on STEMconnector.org.

STEMconnector.org seeks to bring science, technology, engineering, and math educators a way to connect their ideas to improve STEM education. In The Thrill of Computer Science For All, Ott details her excitement around President Obama’s initiative to expand K-12 computer science education funding.

“We can make a difference more quickly through a concerted effort to attract more students today.  Here are some of the things we are doing at Michigan Tech.  Perhaps others will find inspiration here for immediate action:

If all of us involved in computing do something—help advise a local FIRST Robotics team, teach a Saturday class on programming at a local library, talk to a local Girl Scout troop, invite area students and parents to see how you actually use programming—there will be an immediate impact.”


Founder of HEET to help others learn about clean energy

The founder of the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), Abhi Kantamneni, won the Heart and Hands of the Keweenaw Award for his concern to help his fellow community members understand the aspects of alternative energy.   Abhi will be continuing his graduate studies in Guelph, Ontario and will pursue his passion to help others.  Please read the full article here.



Best Student Paper Award!

Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon’s (CLS/CS) students Jason Sterkenburg, Steven Landry and Joshua Johnson won the Best Student Paper Award from the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD) which was held at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia July 3 through July 7. The paper was entitled, “Towards an in-vehicle sonically-enhanced gesture control interface: A pilot study.” – from Tech Today


Keith, Nilufer, Philart and Scott Receive Exceptional Instructor Evaluation Score

4_facultyProfessors Keith Vertanen, Nilufer Onder, Scott Kuhl, Philart Jeon, have been identified as four of only 85 instructors who received an exceptional “Average of 7 Dimensions” student evaluation score during Spring semester 2016.

Their scores are in the top 10% of similarly sized sections across all courses/sections on campus. These great achievements reflect the tremendous effort and commitment Keith, Nilufer, Philart, and Scott have put on their teaching.

 


Solar-hybrid Systems in the Upper Peninsula

Midwest Energy News covered an in-depth story about recent work published by Richelle Winkler (SS), Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), Lucia Gauchia (ECE/MEEM) and CS graduate student Abhilash Katamneni about the economic feasibility of residents leaving the grid in the Upper Peninsula using solar-hybrid systems. See the story here.

From Tech Today and Midwest Energy News

 


Free Computer Science Workshop for Teachers this Summer

Computer science and programming are becoming essential tools in the world today. Teachers at all grade levels who want to learn how to bring computer science into their classrooms are invited to participate in a free three-day workshop at Michigan Tech this summer.

The workshop, scheduled for August 15–17, is funded by a Google Inc. Fund of Tides Foundation grant.

Participating teachers will be housed at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn at no cost to themselves. Meals, a stipend to assist with travel, and other expenses and a year of technical support from a Michigan Tech computer science graduate student are also included.

Workshop topics include basic understanding of computer science, integrating programming into new and existing courses, a K-12 computer programming curriculum developed at Michigan Tech and how to increase interest in computing among girls.

There will be a special session for school administrators on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16, to help them understand the value of computer science education, the need for computer scientists in industry and the breadth of the field.

For more information and to apply, go to the site or email Charles Wallace.

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