Innovative education... Engaged educators
|When:||Next date to be determined|
|Where:||Ward E. Barnes Building, UMSL|
|Fee:||$39 per family (parent and 2 children, light snacks included)|
WHO SHOULD COME? This program is designed for children (ages 9-12) and their parents to learn to program robots together.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? We will be programming at least two kinds of robots, using languages specialized to make robots move and do “tricks.” As you learn to program robots, you will also learn quite a bit about programming computers in general.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? For each session (including adult, two children and snacks) the cost is $39.
WHERE IS IT HAPPENING? The Technology Learning Center (TLC) is part of the College of Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL). We are in Suite 100 of Marillac Hall on UMSL’s south campus, just off Natural Bridge Road. There is a map on the back of this announcement. There is a Red Line Metrolink stop just down the hill from our building.
WHO WILL BE TEACHING THE WORKSHOP? UMSL’s College of Education team includes a talented professional staff, Ph.D. endowed professors, undergraduate assistants and graduate assistants. That team collectively supports this educational effort. Dr. Keith Miller, the Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences, is the project leader; and Ms. Amber Bell-Christian is the project coordinator.
WHAT ROBOTS WILL WE BE USING? The Technology and Learning Center has several different kinds of robots and robot simulators. We will be working with Sphero robots, Ollie robots, and a NAO humanoid robot during the four sessions. In the final session we will touch on advanced techniques in a programming language called Java, but in the other sessions we will use languages specialized to the particular robots being programmed. Just for fun, we’ll also control some other robots without programming them.
DO WE NEED TO KNOW PROGRAMMING ALREADY? No. We will not assume that you have any programming experience at all. We will start from scratch.