Sun 4 Nov 2018 11:34 - 11:37 at Beacon Hill - Empowerment & Broadening Participation

Join us for a hands-on KIBO robotics and ScratchJr programming demo! Both of these environments are playfully designed for young children to learn how to use coding to express themselves. KIBO is a tangible block-based coding language and Scratch Jr, a graphical coding language. At this demo session, participants can explore hands-on how to use ScratchJr and KIBO to teach coding in a playful, developmentally appropriate way. The KIBO robotic kit is designed by the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University by professor Marina Umaschi Bers and is commercialized by KinderLab Robotics all over the world. KIBO promotes the acquisition of programming skills in children 4-7 years of age, and is an award-winning and internationally recognized educational platform which provides a completely off-screen coding experience. ScratchJr is a free programming app for children ages 5-7 designed to teach basic coding concepts and computational thinking skills. The ScratchJr programming app was created as a collaboration between the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University and MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group.

Sun 4 Nov
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11:00 - 12:00
Empowerment & Broadening ParticipationBLOCKS+ at Beacon Hill
11:00
10m
Talk
Broadening Participation in Computer Science through Block Programming
BLOCKS+
Beryl HoffmanElms College, Ralph MorelliTrinity College, Jennifer RosatoCollege of St. Scholastica
Pre-print
11:10
10m
Talk
Reducing the Barriers for Computational Action: How Blocks-Based Programming Can Support Digital Empowerment
BLOCKS+
Mike TissenbaumUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champain, Josh SheldonMIT App Inventor, Hal AbelsonMIT
Pre-print
11:20
8m
Other
Themed Session 2: Whole-group discussions
BLOCKS+
11:28
3m
Talk
Educational Robotics with a Twist
BLOCKS+
Hamid ZareGraduate Student, Miklos MarotiAssociate Professor, Akos LedecziVanderbilt University
Pre-print
11:31
3m
Talk
A Blocks-Based Approach to Internet of Things in MIT App Inventor
BLOCKS+
Wen XiHong Kong Polytechnic University, Evan W PattonMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Pre-print
11:34
3m
Talk
DevTech Lab - KIBO and ScratchJr Demo
BLOCKS+
Catherine CowellTufts University, Hannah RiehlTufts University, Marina Umaschi BersTufts University
Pre-print
11:37
3m
Talk
CloudDB in MIT App Inventor
BLOCKS+
11:40
20m
Other
Themed Session 2: Breakout discussions and demos/posters
BLOCKS+