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App Inventor Boot Camp for Educators


Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Application deadline: Friday, July 5 (or earlier if space fills)

Space is limited, with acceptance on a rolling basis. Applicants informed of admission by email. 

App Inventor Boot Camp is for teachers who want to learn MIT App Inventor, a free visual blocks-based programming system for Android mobile devices that can be used to teach computer science concepts through the creative design of apps for smartphones and mobile devices.

In this hands-on workshop, educators will build their own apps, and explore how to integrate app programming and computer science principles into their curricula in computing, technology, science, and math classes. The workshop will include time to develop curriculum exercises and share them with colleagues, as well as begin to build a learning community of educators using App Inventor. A mini-session on equity in computing and a tour of the MGHPCC will also be inculded. 

This workshop will require both a laptop and an Android mobile device. System requirements are here: We can provide a limited number of computers and devices, and you will be asked to confirm your needs at registration. You will also be asked to submit a letter of support from your school principal or department chair in support of integrating App Inventor into the classroom, including availability of computers (due July 15). 

Certificates of participation noting contact hours will be provided to participants who complete the workshop.

Who should attend?

  • High school educators who plan to integrate App Inventor and computing into an existing course (computer science, technology, math, or science) in the near future
  • Middle-school or college educators who plan to integrate App Inventor into their courses also welcome
  • No programming experience required, although familiarity with apps and programming is helpful


T-Th: 8:30am - 4pm

F: 9am - 1pm

Lunch will be provided 


The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center is located at 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke MA. Location information here:


Parking: Free onsite parking available


Workshop leader: Mark Sherman

Mark is a member of the MIT App Inventor Training Corps and has extensive experience working with students and teachers of middle school, high school, and university. He's taught the technology and pedagogy of engineering, computer science, and robotics in the U.S., India, and China. He holds a masters degree and is working towards his Ph.D. in Computer Science Education from UMass Lowell, where he also teaches undergraduate introductory computing. Mark strongly feels that computational thinking is a skill for everyone. He loves to create ways to engage people of all ages in thinking about computing.


Learning outcomes: 

After the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand and apply fundamentals of MIT App Inventor and the computing concepts embedded in the language
  • Be able to integrate App Inventor into existing curricula (computer science, technology, math, or science)
  • Be able to develop curriculum exercises
  • Be able to assess App Inventor projects, with hands-on practice
  • Be aware of models for potential full or half-year computing courses in App Inventor
  • Become part of a learning community of educators using App Inventor


Note: In case of low enrollment, the workshop will be cancelled no later than mid-July.  


Have questions about App Inventor Boot Camp for Educators? Contact CAITE and MECSP

When & Where

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow St
Holyoke, MA 01040

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM - Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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CAITE (Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education) is based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and works to address underrepresentation in information technology (IT) education and the workforce. The project is active throughout the state of Massachusetts as part of the Expanding Computer Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance.

Through its work in K-12 and higher education, CAITE’s mission is to broaden participation and success in computing and IT. Current efforts are focused on the following:  

• Curricula and standards in Mass. K12 public education
• Professional development for educators
• Youth programs to increase interest and career awareness
• Educational pathways from community colleges to bachelors-degree institutions

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MECSP (Massachusetts Exploring Computer Science Partnership)'s goal is to broaden computer science (CS) education across MA through the expansion of the Exploring Computer Science (ECS) course in high schools. MECSP will build an effective multi-sector collaboration for the ECS course and professional development model, building a cadre of Teacher Leaders who prepare other teachers to engage greater numbers and a greater diversity of students in CS education and the workforce. MECSP's focus on reaching students from underrepresented populations ensures that it has great potential to address significant equity issues within CS and to expand access to college preparatory CS courses for a diverse population of MA students.


Sponsored by CAITE, an NSF CISE Broadening Participation in Computing Alliance, and the Massachusetts Exploring Computer Science Partnership (MECSP). This material is based on works supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants CNS 1339300. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 

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