This workshop will be in room 345 of the College of Computing Building. See Directions to the College of Computing Building for directions. Teachers will program a Pleo dinosaur robot using MySkit or a Finch robot using Python or Java. They will also build and program LEGO WeDo, LEGO NXT robots, or LEGO Tetrix robots (only teachers with prior NXT experience and some programming experience). The LEGO NXT robots will be programmed using a drag-and-drop blocks language: NXT-G. The Tetrix will be programmed using RobotC. The workshop will explain how to cover introductory computing concepts by programming robots such as: sequential execution, conditional execution, iteration, creating your own methods (my block), and event-driven execution.
This workshop is free for Georgia teachers, and if you live > 30 miles from Georgia Tech we will pay for your hotel for Wednesday night (2 teachers per room), Wednesday night dinner, and Thursday breakfast. Alchohol is not covered! If you would prefer a private room you will pay 1/2 the hotel cost. We will cover parking for Georgia teachers who stay at the hotel and reimburse parking for Georgia teachers who do not stay at the hotel. We will pay for lunch for all teachers. We can also reimburse for substitutes for Georgia teachers. Space is limited to 30.
Please bring a laptop if you have one, or notify us if you need to borrow a laptop. If you have any questions please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Out-of-state teachers pay $140. Checks for $140.00 should be made out to Georgia Institute of Technology and sent to:
College of Computing
801 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA, 30332-0280
After completing this workshop teachers will be able to explain the following using robots:
breaking down tasks into subtasks and naming blocks (methods)
Teachers will also know how to:
build and program a LEGO NXT robot or a LEGO Tetrix robot
program a Pleo robot or a Finch robot
request LEGO NXT robots, Pleo Robots, Finch robots, and PicoCrickets from Georgia Tech through the lending library