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November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming

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Wednesday, November 6
 

2:30pm MST

Programming Robots Without a Screen
Award winning QuestBots can be used to teach 3-year old how to debug their own code. More complex concepts are great for older users who want to learn core programming and math skill in a fun way. In this workshop we’ll learn how to teach introductory math and programming concepts using robots. We’ll draw and use applications of color patterns, counting, directions; left, right, back and forward, degrees, centimeters, functions, and debugging/troubleshooting. In addition, we’ll design our own maze and navigate our robots all while using blocks. 2 to 3 participants per team will share their experience and present their own design at the end of the workshop. No screens are required for this workshop.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Use hands-on tools to teach advanced concepts such as robotics, command, parameters, and debugging/troubleshooting.
2. Learn to incorporate robots in their math classes.
3. Draw and learn applications of logic, color pattern, physics, and statistics using robots.

Speakers
avatar for Delfin Lozano

Delfin Lozano

Founder, QuestBotics Inc.
Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer electronics industry, Medical Devices, Manufacturing, and Operations. Founder of QuestBotics Inc., a local Edtech startup that develops and manufactures hands-on educational tools for K-12 students to learn... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm MST
Devils Tower

3:30pm MST

"Iter Ad Astra" - Road the Stars
I will discussion a program that was developed to launch a balloon into the stratosphere with a payload that included microcomputers which performed data gathering and experiments.

The balloon launch is the culmination of "Iter Ad Astra" - Road the Stars - a stratospheric balloon project put together by myself, a group of McCormick coding students, mentors, teachers and parent volunteers.

Iter Ad Astra was made possible by a grant from the Microsoft Techspark program through the Rotary Club of Cheyenne.

The launch included a payload carrying two Raspberry Pis which gathered atmospheric data (temperature, pressure) as well as GPS data and two on board cameras. The students constructed the payload and assisted in the testing and coding of the on board computers to capture the data (Raspberry Pis), GPS and atmospheric sensors and cameras.

The balloon/payload flew to over 94,000 feet. The atmospheric, GPS and camera data was analyzed after the flight to learn more about the structure of the atmosphere.

A stratospheric balloon flight was also completed with a group of students from Burns Junior High

I will discuss what is needed in regards to supplies, know how, procedures, etc., to create a similar program in schools, clubs, etc.



Speakers
DD

Don Day, Jr.

Meteorologist, DayWeather, Inc.



Wednesday November 6, 2019 3:30pm - 4:15pm MST
Vedauwoo

4:30pm MST

Physical Computing Fun:Exploring Tools K-8
Attendees will learn how we have started exploring Physical Computing in our K-8 classrooms to extend the learning beyond Code.org. They will get to explore each tool we have used in our journey.

Upon completion of this session attendees will be able to:
1. Have new ideas for Physical Computing.
2. Gained hands on experience with a variety of tools to bring coding to life.
3. Access to multiple resources we used during our journey.

Speakers
avatar for Rayme Van Dell

Rayme Van Dell

Instructional Coach, LCSD#1
Rayme Van Dell has 18 years of teaching experience and is currently serves as the Instructional Coach for Computer Science in Laramie County School District #1.  She has always had a passion for incorporating technology and STEM to enhance student engagement and learning.  Getting... Read More →
avatar for Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is a Technology Integration Specialist for Laramie County School District #1. She trains, models, and supports LCSD1 staff in their use of technology tools for education. Prior to this role she taught Secondary Science. Jen enjoys learning about and using emerging technologies... Read More →


Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MST
Fossil Butte
 
Thursday, November 7
 

9:00am MST

Integrating Computer Science in Core Class
Participants will be provided module outlines designed by practicing classroom teachers. Each module was developed to expose 7-12 grade science or social studies students to introductory coding concepts and skills. In addition, teachers from other curricular areas will gain insight into the opportunities to introduce basic computer science coding principles into any 7-12 class. Throughout the session, we will share successes and challenges of integrating computer science into our core content area classes.

Participants will leave with a step-by-step module appropriate for social studies or science class.
Participants will participate in simple coding activities relevant to any classroom
Participants will participate in a discussion about the relevance and importance of introducing coding concepts at all levels

Speakers
SR

Sarah Ramsey

Educator, NCSD #1
Sarah Ramsey is a teacher and STEM education advocate.  She currently teaches science at Roosevelt High School in Casper, WY.  Sarah is a member of the team awarded a 2018-2019 Innovative Education Grant.  She is excited  to continue integrating Computer Science education into... Read More →
CB

Colleen Burridge

Educator, NCSD #1
Colleen has been a social studies teacher for more than 35 years. She has had experience ranging from elementary through high school levels. Although she is primarily a secondary social studies teacher, her passion and experience primarily lie in offering integrated, meaningful learning... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Devils Tower

11:00am MST

Sphero Robots in Action--Come Play with Us!
Attendees will learn about the Sphero Bolt robot and experience a hands-on standards based challenge that can be used in the classroom right away with Sphero robots.

Upon completion, attendees will:
1. Walk away with new ideas for Physical Computing with Spheros.
2. Have gained hands-on experience with Spheros using a standards driven challenge.
3 Have access to multiple resources for using Spheros in the classroom."

Speakers
avatar for Rayme Van Dell

Rayme Van Dell

Instructional Coach, LCSD#1
Rayme Van Dell has 18 years of teaching experience and is currently serves as the Instructional Coach for Computer Science in Laramie County School District #1.  She has always had a passion for incorporating technology and STEM to enhance student engagement and learning.  Getting... Read More →
avatar for Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is a Technology Integration Specialist for Laramie County School District #1. She trains, models, and supports LCSD1 staff in their use of technology tools for education. Prior to this role she taught Secondary Science. Jen enjoys learning about and using emerging technologies... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am MST
Devils Tower

2:30pm MST

How's your mood
Attendees will make a digital "mood ring" using some basic coding and a TI-84 or TI-Nspire calculator. No experience in coding required. Attendees will walk away with step by step directions and resources for similar activities. This activity could be used in either middle school or high school programming courses.

Upon completion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. use introductory programming skills to write If then statements and loops to collect data and make decisions.

Speakers
BB

Becky Byer

Becky teaches math and computer science at Kelly Walsh High School.  She earned her Bachelor degree in Mathematics Education from Black Hills State University and her Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Montana State University.  She is a Texas Instruments Regional instructor... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm MST
Old Faithful
 
Friday, November 8
 

8:00am MST

Change How the World Works with Makey Makey Invention Kits
Attendees will explore the Makey Makey Invention Kits and participate in a design challenge using the Scratch coding platform.

Upon completion of the session attendees will be able to:
1. walk away with new ideas for using Makey Makey Invention Kits.
2. gained hands on experience with a Makey Makey Invention Kit and be able to apply their knowledge.
3. have access to multiple resources for using Makey Makey Invention Kits in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Rayme Van Dell

Rayme Van Dell

Instructional Coach, LCSD#1
Rayme Van Dell has 18 years of teaching experience and is currently serves as the Instructional Coach for Computer Science in Laramie County School District #1.  She has always had a passion for incorporating technology and STEM to enhance student engagement and learning.  Getting... Read More →
avatar for Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson

Jen Anderson is a Technology Integration Specialist for Laramie County School District #1. She trains, models, and supports LCSD1 staff in their use of technology tools for education. Prior to this role she taught Secondary Science. Jen enjoys learning about and using emerging technologies... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am MST
Boars Tusk

9:00am MST

Integrating Computer Science into the Elementary World
Attendees will breakdown the proposed WY Computer Science Standards and view examples of how to integrate these standards into their curriculum of reading, writing, math, science, or social studies. Attendees will explore tools and begin to create an integrated CS project that fits into their grade level and topic of choice.

1. Identify ways to incorporate the WY CS standards into other curriculum areas
2. Identify tools they can use in their classroom to teach CS
3. Create one integrated CS example project


bit.ly/CSElementaryWorld

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Hurley

Abigail Hurley

Faculty, NWCCD
I am the Computer Science Outreach Coordinator for Northern Wyoming Community College District. It is my job to bring Computer Science into the Elementary Schools here in Sheridan, Wyoming. I work with teachers to create lessons, to form a curriculum to reach all learners K-5 and... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Fossil Butte

9:00am MST

LMS and Computer Science Student Success with 3rd Party Tools
Attendees will be guided through a process to design and build an online course in the Canvas LMS that leverages 3rd party learning tools.

Upon completion of the session, attendees will be able to design and implement a semester timeline for student success using 3rd party learning tools. Increase knowledge of integration options that leave faculty more time for coaching and student encouragement.

Speakers
CO

Carol Olson

Carol Olson – Computer Science –  NWCCDMBA, University of PhoenixB.S. in General Studies, minor in Computer Science, Chaminade UniversityCarol leads the Computer Networking Administration AAS, IT Support Technician Certificate and Cyber Security AAS/Certificate programs at NWCCD... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00am - 9:45am MST
Devils Tower

10:00am MST

SCRIPT: Strategic Planning for Computer Science Education
Beginning last spring the WDE has been supporting districts with developing their strategic plan for implementing computer science. Using the Strategic CSforALL Resource & Implementation Planning Tool (SCRIPT) Rubric, districts have developed actionable goals enabling them to effectively implement computer science K-12. Come to this session to see the great ideas districts have developed, along with next steps the WDE is planning.

Speakers
LB

Laurel Ballard

Supervisor, Student and Teacher Resources Team/Sta, Wyoming Dept of Education


Friday November 8, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am MST
Boars Tusk