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Programming Robots for Educators Workshop


Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

Programming Robots for Educators Workshop

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Programming Robots for Educators: A Hands-on Workshop with LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Who should attend? Educators who are currently using or planning to use LEGO Mindstorms Ev3 robotics  to teach computer programming concepts in their classes. Mindstorms are aimed at middle school- level and up.

What will I learn? Participants in this workshop will build skills in programming, including different data flow controls using outputs (motors, lights and sounds) and using inputs (up to four types of sensors and also buttons) from the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 materials. After a short introduction, participants will be able to work at their own pace and try various short projects of their choosing.

Who is leading the workshop? Cathy Helgoe, senior project manager, Creative Research & Development at LEGO Education, will lead the workshop. Cathy develops learning materials and has been involved with robotics projects for many grade levels for many years. 

Do I need to bring my own robotics kit and/or laptop? No. We will provide loaner kits and laptops with Ev3 software for up to 20 educators to use during the workshop. If you have your own Ev3 kit and laptop with software, please bring it to use, thus allowing more educators to participate.

Can I bring my LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit? The workshop will focus on programming with Ev3 kits, rather than the older NXT models. 

Will this workshop help me to teach Unit 6 of Exploring Computer Science? This hands-on workshop offers the opportunity to become familiar with programming the Ev3 robots. The workshop is not curriculum-specific, however, and is open to educators beyond ECS teachers. ECS teachers should also plan to attend their Unit 6 Workshop on April 9.

Can I bring my child/student to the workshop? The workshop is designed for educators and will focus on programming and educator strategies for teaching computing concepts. For opportunities for youth, check out:



8:45 - Check in, coffee

9 - 12 noon workshop

Parking at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center is convenient and free.





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Have questions about Programming Robots for Educators Workshop? Contact CAITE/ECEP, LEGO Education, MGHPCC

When & Where

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

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

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CAITE works to broaden participation in IT education in Massachusetts. Working with educational institutions and organizations across Mass., our mission is to expand K-16 educational pathways for computing education. For more information on CAITE see

LEGO Education

We believe optimal learning occurs when children get the opportunity to explore the world on their own, but in a guided environment. When children actively construct things in the physical world, it helps them greatly to build knowledge. This new knowledge enables them to create ever more sophisticated solutions, yielding more skills, more knowledge, and more challenges in a self-reinforcing cycle. 

Students who create their own solutions to problems experience the thrill of genuine achievement - an experience altogether different from simply memorising the achievements of others. This makes learning an adventure. The more empowered children feel, the more they enjoy their classes, and the more they begin to take charge of their own learning process. 

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The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) provides state of the art infrastructure for computationally intensive research that is indispensable in the increasingly sensor and data-rich environments of modern science and engineering. Computers at the MGHPCC run millions of virtual experiments every month, supporting thousands of researchers in Massachusetts and around the world. The MGHPCC operates as a joint venture between Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts.

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