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Free Elm Workshop and Training Session

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McMaster University

1280 Main Street West

ETB 118

Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

Canada

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Software: Tool for Change is a project which provides Computer Science workshops in schools and for service organizations in Hamilton and nearby communities.

This series of workshops are training workshops. New instructors will get to practice teaching, and children will get to either experience basic workshops not available in their schools, or learn about advanced topics which we didn't have time to cover in their schools.

Our curriculum is developed at McMaster to fill a gap in the current K-8 curriculum, available enrichment activities and apps. Our goal is not to create future programmers, but to equip children with underlying cognitive tools necessary to succeed in high school algebra and go on to higher-education pathways of their choice. If they do develop software, hopefully they will be better prepared to do it right, and not cause rockets to explode or allow the financial information of millions to be leaked to criminals!

High school students who are interested in being future mentors should contact anandc@mcmaster.ca.

You can see the work of previous participants in our Hall of Fame (http://www.cas.mcmaster.ca/~anand/hall.html) and you can read about our fun and simple approach to developing Algebraic Thinking in our paper (https://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/people/staff/sjt/TFPIE2017/TFPIE_2017/Papers/TFPIE_2017_paper_2.pdf).

We will provide login information to your child, but will not keep a record of it, for privacy reasons, so parents or guardians should do so.

We will not take attendance, and parents or guardians are responsible for supervising their children or leaving them in the charge of another adult. There are quiet places to sit outside the lab.

We may at times want to make recordings of the instructors and learners, and will have a video release form. If you do not want your child to appear on video or in photographs, please let us know so we can sit them out of planned camera shots.

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McMaster University

1280 Main Street West

ETB 118

Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

Canada

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