CSEd 2017 Preview Program

Tuesday, November 14th, rounds out CSEd Week’s preview sessions for 2017 featuring workshops, activity ideas and lesson plans, and the chance to collaborate with local educational technology leaders and innovators. Educators of all varieties are welcomed and encouraged to attend this free professional development opportunity. Below is the full program. All workshops will be hosted at Boulder Public Main Library.

Reserve your spot today!


November 14th Sessions
4:30 – 5:40 p.m.
5:50 – 7 p.m.

Supporting Latino Communities
in CS Education with Open World Learning
Presenter: Alicia Martinez and Oscar Saenz
Room: Boulder Creek
Date/Time: Nov 14th 4:30 – 5:40

Description: Listen as we discuss the benefits of delivering computer education, specifically to the Latino communities of the Denver area. Learn how we provide teaching in coding and animation to elementary students and how it can greatly impact their future educations and careers, as we give some student examples of past OWL participants. There will be a Q&A session at the end to answer any questions participants may have. Participants will also receive information about where students can go to do free coding in an effort to encourage kids to start learning it now.

Computational Cubes with ModRobotics
Presenter: TBD
Room: Flagstaff
Date/Time: Nov 14th 4:30 – 5:40

Description: What better time then today to encourage students to be inquisitive and unlock their inner inventor! Come learn how Cubelets Robot Blocks can inspire a love of learning in your classroom. Cubelets teach students to use computational thinking to explore scientific challenges​.​

​Cubelets are a platform that gives students the ability to build their own complex systems,​ and start to understand how things fit together and how patterns emerge.Through hands-on exploration and teamwork, you will build robots that can sense and act, learn about inputs and outputs​, and test your engineering and design skills.

Off the shelf and on to the WorkBench:
A buffet of classroom coding projects
Presenter: Christie Veitch
Room: Canyon Meeting Room
Date/Time: Nov 14th 4:30 – 5:40

Hardware needs: Bring your computer, Chromebook, or tablet. If you want to be A+ prepped, you can sign-up for a free educator account on www.workbenchplatform.com ahead of time!

Description: Workbench Platform powers project based learning (PBL) . PBL + Classroom coding = engaged students, standards’-beating lessons, and the ability to teach cross-disciplinarily. Workbench will demo a “buffet” of projects that involve coding, physical computing, and logic and then workshop with you to customize a project for your specific class needs. We’ll have drones, robots, Makey Makeys, as well as projects that don’t involve any ed-tech gear and can best be used for grades 1 – 8.

CS Unplugged with Colorado School of Mines
Presenter: Colorado School of Mines CS Outreach All-stars
Room: Boulder Creek
Date/Time: Nov 14th 5:50 – 7:00

Description: Did you know that you can teach computer science concepts without a computer? These activities will help your kids get rid of the squirmies while providing a unique way to learn core concepts. We’ll be led through a variety of activities by the Colorado School of Mines all-star outreach team comprised of Computer Science undergraduates who want to support the community. Especially great for classroom energizers or recess activities.

Hands on Scratch and/or Bitsbox
with kids from the Youth Maker Hangout!
Presenter: Christy Spielman and Youth Maker Hangout
Room: Mt. Sanitas
Date/Time: Nov 14th 4:30 – 5:40, 5:50 – 7:00
Hardware needs: Library laptops, Chromebooks, library hardware, project, screen

Description: Come tinker with Scratch and/or Bitsbox with kids in the 7-12 age range.  Christy will give a brief presentation of the Youth Maker Hangout concept and it’s evolution over time.  After that the space is open for conversation on how to manage the logistics of bringing these tools into the classroom, a very quick demo with elaboration as needed on how to use them, and learning from the students themselves.  We will have some simple external hardware such as the Makey Makey, Pico Board, and Digital Sandbox on hand as well.

International Outreach with Scratch
(Colorado & Uganda)
Presenter: Katie MacLean & Phyllis Nasuna
Room: Flagstaff
Date/Time: Nov 14th 5:50 – 7:00

Description: Watch on as educators in Colorado, North America and Uganda, Africa arrange the logistics of international collaboration with Scratch during Computer Science Week in December. Both educators have plenty of experience with creating Scratch projects in their classrooms, now they will work out communication, file sharing and project goals live in this workshop. After 45 minutes of communication regarding international outreach aspects, the educators will provide a Q&A in order to encourage other Colorado educators to perform their own international collaboration projects. Uganda collaborator Oysters & Pearls-Uganda: http://www.oystersandpearls.org

QuestBotics: Your Calculator Just Got Really Cool
Presenter: Lindsay Craig
Room: Canyon Meeting Room
Date/Time: Nov 14th 5:50 – 7:00

Description: With the QuestBot and Quest Controller children as young as three years old can learn core programming skills and mathematical concepts. By using building blocks called Qubes kids can program a robot without using a computer. The bots are simple enough that beginners can move them by using just one Qube, but advanced users can explore logic flow, variables, debugging and more. In this introductory workshop we will see how easy it is to move a robot, do math, work with variables, debug code and more… all through experiential learning.


November 4th Sessions
2:00 – 3:10 p.m.
3:20 – 4:30 p.m.

Robotics Prototyping:
From Makerspace to the Shelves
Presenter: Jalali Hartman, ROBAUTO
Date/Time: Nov 4, 2:00-3:10
Room: Boulder Creek
Description: Student driven robotics projects and maker space prototypes can make a real impact…and even turn into viable products. But what are the steps? How can ideas be filtered down into actionable projects? How can complex topics be introduced early in simple ways? Learn about the BiBli robot swarm, a social robotics project which hundreds of area students, parents, engineers and educators have contributed to!  Leave with some simple robotics and IoT engineering principles which can be applied to any age in the classroom or makerspace.

Introduction to 3-D Programming
and the Scalable Game Design Project
Presenter: Fred Gluck
Room: Flagstaff
Date/Time: Nov 4, 2:00-3:10

Hardware needs: Bring your computer, Chromebook or borrow one of the library devices on a first-come, first-served basis.
Description: This workshop will introduce participants to the world of 3-D programming using the AgentCubes Online web-based programming environment. This Scalable Game Design Project, funded in part by the National Science Foundation, is designed to introduce students to computational thinking in general and to increase motivation for them to consider computer science and modeling in their academic paths. Students can quickly create complete games – classics like Pacman and Frogger – and then move toward complex game designs and beyond into science modeling. Participants in the workshop will create a game with 3-D shapes (“agents”) of their own design, as well as program agent behaviors. For more information, visit:

All Joy No Fear
RoboRobo Robotics with Kids2GLOW
Presenter: Kids2GLOW, PBC
Room: Canyon Meeting Room
Date/Time: Nov 4th 2:00 – 3:10

Description: Come join us to build a robot! You will learn about CPU, LED lights, motors, sensors, switches as well as basic coding skills! This hands-on workshop will get you excited and confident about teaching your K~12 students about robotics and coding! We will also share ways to add Problem Based Learning and Design Thinking into your classroom or after school clubs!

Get Creative with Coding using ScratchJr
Presenter: Ricarose Roque
Room: Mt Sanitas
Date/Time: Nov 4th, 2:00-3:10pmNov 4

Join us in stories and animations with ScratchJr, a free programming language for young people 5 years to 7 years old. This educator workshop is a playful introduction to ScratchJr, which allows young people to create simple stories, animations, and games. We’ll end the workshop reflecting how we can incorporate coding activities in classroom settings for grades K-2. Please bring an iPad or Android tablet, with the free ScratchJr app installed if you have one — some tablets will be available on loan.

Robot Alley
Room: Story Space
Date/Time: Nov 4th 3:20 – 4:30

Description: The library and its partners will have a plethora of robotics, computational art platforms (that’s techie speak for just plain fun) and other cool toys that kids love and teachers can use in their classroom. Show up, hang out and have fun meeting robots of all types! Robot Alley is also where some sweet prizes (including a robot or two) will be given away to some lucky teachers at the end of each day.

Sponsored by ROBAUTO

Program Your World with Scratch and Physical Extensions
Presenter: Ricarose Roque
Room: Mt Sanitas
Date/Time: Nov 4th,  3:20-4:30

Description: Program both the digital and physical world using the Scratch programming environment and physical extensions such as the microbit and MaKey MaKey. Scratch is a free programming language for young people ages 8 and up to create animations, stories, and games. By connecting Scratch to physical invention kits like microbit and MaKey MaKey, young people can program the world around them to create dynamic wearables, cardboard instruments, and interactive art. We’ll end the workshop discussing how we can incorporate coding activities in classroom settings for grades 3 and up. This is a BYOL workshop — bring your own laptop.

MakerSpace Maintenance
Presenter: Ron Thomas (Tinkermill), Solid State Depot rep (TBD), Hollene Davis (Crest View Elementary), Zack Jacobson-Weaver (BLDG 61), potential moderator/additional panelist: Karen Hoppis
Room: Boulder Creek
Date/Time: Nov 4th 3:20 – 4:30

Description: Makerspaces are great places for learning. But sometimes they can get messy, unorganized and occasionally downright chaotic. Luckily there are wonderful people who are really good at keeping order when this happens. Come learn from a variety of people who run Makerspaces about how they keep 3D printers printing, robots robotting all while keeping everyone happy.

Python for Beginners by Colorado School of Mines
Presenter: Jack Rosenthal
Room: Flagstaff
Date/Time: Nov 4th 3:20 – 4:30
Description: Colorado School of Mines offers an amazing week long course for educators on Python during the summer. This condensed version will focus on the core introductory concepts needed to teach or play with Python. Participants will use the a cloud based Python shell so that Chromebook users can participate, but the concepts learned will work with most flavors of Python.

Shell link: https://repl.it/languages/python3

CU Science Discovery: Coding with Dash and Dot
Presenter: Kat Penzkover
Room: Canyon Meeting Room
Date/Time: Nov 4th 3:20 – 4:30

Description: Explore coding activities for a range of grade levels (pre-K – 8) with Wonder Workshop’s Dash and Dot robots.