Friday night we're gathering, just around the corner, at the lovely Museu Agbar. It's a century old water facility operated by the local water company Aigües Barcelona. That is, the century old part is a museum on techniques relating to the water supply of Barcelona, elsewhere on the premises modern equipment is taking care of nowadays needs.
We can visit the museum and have a chat in the park. Food and beverages proudly sponsored by Ro-Botica, thank you! Ro-Botica is present at the conference as they will launch the new LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3.
A 4 meter (13 feet) high Scracth cat is awaiting you ...
Xabier Basogain Olabe will share his experiences collaborating with Schools of Education in Spain: How to foster the use Scratch in schools? Why do we teach the current curriculum? What are Type-A and Type-B problems, and,… Does Scratch have a role in the way of teaching?
Xabier and his team have represented the LearnScratch.org and AprendiendoScratch.org portals in the previous four international Scratch conferences.
Fostering the Study of Scratch in Schools of Education through Seminars and Webinars - Scratch2013
Karen Brennan has organized the previous four Scarcth conferences and for this one she gave us valuable support in the program committee. Karen will open our conference together with Mitch Resnick. She'll participate in the panel discussion on Scratch communities like the one she started as part of her PhD work, ScratchED.
James Whelton ran a computer club in his own school and shortly after finishing his leaving Cert teamed up with Angel Investor and XING co-founder Bill Liao in Cork to make Coder Dojo happen.
James says “I quickly saw the massive interest in programming from people my own age, younger and older. When we founded in mid December, we had 40 students show up to the first session, which grew over time. Basic programming and web development was taught, students were taught by other students who’d grasped things faster than others and it was an extremely lively environment.”
Uwe will give a talk on the very basics: zeroes and ones. It's one of his so called Science Shows.
In Germany he spoke in German on a TEDx event
The first European conference on Scratch will be held July 25-27 in Barcelona. Educators, researchers, developers and other members of the worldwide Scratch community are gathering to celebrate and share the creative possibilities of Scratch. If you're interested in learning to program and programming to learn, join us!