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The College of New Jersey

2000 Pennington Road

Ewing Township, NJ 08618

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Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world and is now used to teach programming at six of the top ten computer science undergraduate programs in the United States. Python has a reputation for being a well-supported computer language that is ideal for education and is also a favorite among scientists. This workshop acts as an introduction to computer programming with the Python programming language. The basics of imperative programming will be covered as well as ideas from selected areas of computer science, data science and education. We will review the basics of the language and discuss how it is used and taught.

Presenter: Lars Sorensen

Lars is the head of Student Computing for the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University. He does research on Computer Science Education topics and manages the CAVE, a collaborative instructional computer lab he built for the Rutgers Computer Science Department in 2010. He is a founding member of CSERG, the Computer Science Education Research Group at Rutgers University, where research and outreach efforts work to improve Computer Science education at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2013, Lars organized and ran CSUGS, the Computer Science Unofficial Gaming Seminar, where talented undergraduates came together to learn video game design and rapid prototyping in order to create their own video games. This led to the creation of COGS, the Creation of Games Society at Rutgers University.

Lars is a member of the Central New Jersey CSTA chapter, where he acts as Rutgers University's CSTA Liaison. He is also one of the organizers of the Computer Science Outreach group's annual High School (and Middle School) Computer Science teacher conference. This semester (Spring 2017) he is teaching Python for Data Science at the Graduate School of New Brunswick and Demonstrations and Technology for Science Educators at the Graduate School of Education.

Lars Sorensen holds degrees in Computer Science and Psychology and is currently working towards his PhD in Educational Psychology with a research focus on Epistemic Cognition as well as Gaming and Education. He enjoys reading books and comics when he should be studying, playing video games and watching movies (It's part of his research!), playing basketball and watching too much football, hockey and NCAA basketball.


**PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REGISTRATION GUIDELINES**

1. One registration per person. If your colleague would like to register as well, please provide his/her registration information.

2. Our workshops are designed for NJ educators first and foremost. Please register using an email issued from the school at which you teach. If you are not an educator (industry, high school/college student, hobbyist) and you are interested in attending, please email buildingcsnj@tcnj.edu. If the workshop does not fill to capacity by the registration deadline (1 week prior), members of this list will be contacted for registration.

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Where is the workshop located?

The workshop is located at The College of New Jersey in Armstrong Hall. Information regarding exact room number will be provided via email a few days before the workshop. A campus map will also be provided at this time.


What are my parking options for the event?

For this workshop, you are permitted to park in Lots 5 - 7 on the College of New Jersey's campus. Please click here to view the campus map. Those requiring handicapped parking should email buildingcsnj@tcnj.edu to make arrangements.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, you can contact the Building CS in New Jersey team at buildingcsnj@tcnj.edu.


Will Professional Development hours be provided?

Yes, a PD certificate will be provided at the completion of the workshop.

Is there a deadline to register?

Yes, registration will close a week before the event, but our events fill up quickly. We often invite individuals from the waitlist 1-2 weeks before the event when registered participants cancel.


How much does this workshop cost?

This workshop is FREE!

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