Briefing: Computational Thinking

Agenda: December 14, 2016

Group I:   

Group Leader:  

Aileen Owens, Director of Technology and Innovation

7:00 – 7:15am

Main Office Conference Room

South Fayette High School

Welcome to South Fayette Township School District. While you register please enjoy a light snack and coffee.

 

7:30 – 7:50am

South Fayette High School Room AB223

CMU Professor Mark Stehlik

Java I, taught by a Carnegie Mellon University professor in a K-12 partnership designed to deepen learning in computer science, provide professional development for teachers, and to build a successful bridge for students moving from high school to college in the field of computer science.

 

8:00 – 8:15am

High School Theatre, South Fayette High School

Overview of the district initiatives and information about today’s schedule presented by Dr. Bille Rondinelli, SFSD Superintendent and Aileen Owens, SFSD Director of Technology and Innovation.

 

8:20 – 8:40am

Innovation Studio Technology Education Lab, South Fayette High School

Brian Garlick & Tom Issac

Students in ninth through twelfth grades team with neighboring districts to provide solutions to their regional, national and international business partners.  The Innovation Studio is an authentic PBL program providing students the opportunity to apply their academics to solve real world problems in all areas of STEAM and business management utilizing human centered design thinking within the classroom. In addition, the students transform into business consultants within the class as they learn to incorporate the essential success skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking that are the cornerstones of life beyond high school. 

 

8:55 – 9:15am

Ed Tech Computer Lab, South Fayette Middle School

AJ Mannarino

All seventh grade students design and program a mobile app using App Inventor, for the purpose of helping students succeed in school, or to help someone in their community. They would love to share their ideas with you.

 

9:25 – 9:55am

Learning Lab, South Fayette Elementary School

Melissa Unger

Second grade students will be guiding our guests through an activity that combines electrical circuitry and computer programming to create electronic musical instruments. This activity demonstrates coding and electrical circuitry as seen through the maker movement in education.

 

10:05 – 10:25am

Ed Tech Computer Lab, South Fayette Middle School

AJ Mannarino

As part of the sixth grade technology education course, students complete a natural disaster rescue challenge. Students will be using robots and sensors to complete real world challenges. Afterwards you may see that your future will be safe in their hands.

 

10:35 – 10:55am

Shad Wachter, South Fayette Intermediate School

2nd Floor STEAM Studio

Fourth grade students will be finalizing ramp investigations after studying forces in motion. Throughout the project, students develop a greater understanding of creating a testable question, controlling the experiment for fairness, and devising a way to collect data. Graphs and photos of the students' investigations and results will be displayed on shared bulletin boards. In this inquiry based approach, students decide on the question, determine a method to collect the relevant data, analyze the data, and use their data as evidence to answer the question under investigation. Please feel free to pose your own unique questions to our young scientists.

 

11:00 – 11:10am

Technology Literacy Room A321, South Fayette Intermediate School

Tori Bishop

Fourth grade students will be creating holiday greeting cards using Scratch programming language. The students will be focusing on using parallelism, loops, and sequences, to create a music video for their card. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!

 

11:10 -  11:30am

Technology Literacy Room A321, South Fayette Intermediate School

Tori Bishop

Fifth grade students will be creating an interactive holiday greeting card using Scratch programming language. The students will be adding to their existing knowledge of parallelism, loops, and sequences by applying computational concepts such as conditionals and data to create a program that interacts with the user. Observing these two grade levels is a nice way to experience South Fayette’s vertically aligned computational thinking initiative – and a great way to have fun!

 

11:35 – 12:00pm

Intermediate School Art Room B303, South Fayette Intermediate School

Student Showcase

To create the innovators of tomorrow we must provide students with the opportunity to apply their innovative thought processes through real world projects that move from ideation to prototype and beyond. Students in grades sixth though twelfth will be showcasing their applied innovation through Project Based Learning school to business partnerships with All-Clad, Calgon Carbon, General Motors, Alcosan, and others. In addition, student teams will show their ongoing development of the BusBudE App, an app to keep students safe while riding to and from school on the bus and MyEduDecks, a pen-based application to provide opportunities for personalized learning and assessment. Enjoy discovering with the students.

 

12:00 – 12:45pm

Gymnasium, South Fayette Intermediate School

Bon Appetit! It’s time for a relaxing lunch.

 

12:54 – 1:10pm

Ed Tech Computer Lab, South Fayette Middle School

AJ Mannarino

With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through Digital Promise, eighth graders are now able to participate in Creative Entrepreneurship, taking their thoughts from ideation to prototype. Our students are hoping to create an invention that will help revolutionize their community and the world. Feel free to explore new ideas with them.

 

1:25 – 1:45pm

1st Floor STEAM Studio, South Fayette Intermediate School

Shad Wachter

Third graders will be building and testing their LEGO WeDo Ping Pong Ball launchers.  They will design a machine to throw a ping pong ball as far as possible, or as high as possible, or as accurately as possible.  Prior to building, they must decide which goal they will address: a launcher for-distance, height, or accuracy. Their launcher must use a LEGO motor and may also include a sensor.  Additional LEGO pieces, and non-LEGO materials may be used, but only sensors and motors from the WeDo kit are fair game.  They will focus on the engineering process, the importance of process, as well as product design. Students will develop a testable question, collect data, and analyze their data as it relates to the question under investigation.

 

2:00 – 2:50pm

South Fayette Intermediate School Gym

Brainstorming Breakout Sessions

How might we help you begin your own unique computational thinking and STEAM initiatives in your districts? You may rotate through three, 15- minute breakout sessions of your choice. There will be nine discussion areas lead by teachers, principals, administrators, and university professors. You are welcome to brainstorm ideas and find the support you need to take your vision to the next step.

 

2:50 – 3:00pm

South Fayette Intermediate School Gym

Wrap-up

How might we better serve your needs? Participants will provide their thoughts and ideas for moving forward. Wishing you much success on all your endeavors and safe travels home.

 

 

Briefing: Computational Thinking

Agenda: December 14, 2016

Group 2:   

Group Leader:  

Laura Hartzell, Assistant Principal, South Fayette High School

Tom Kaminski, Principal, Intermediate School

7:30 – 7:55am

High School Theatre Lobby, South Fayette High School

Welcome to South Fayette Township School District. While you register please enjoy a light snack and coffee.

 

8:00 – 8:15am

Theatre, South Fayette High School

Overview of the district initiatives and information about today’s schedule presented by Dr. Bille Rondinelli, SFSD Superintendent and Aileen Owens, SFSD Director of Technology and Innovation.

 

8:25 – 8:40am

Ed Tech Computer Lab, South Fayette Middle School

AJ Mannarino

All seventh grade students design and program a mobile app using App Inventor, for the purpose of helping students succeed in school, or to help someone in their community. They would love to share their ideas with you.

 

8:50 – 9:15am

Innovation Studio, Technology Education Lab, South Fayette High School

Brian Garlick & Tom Issac

Students in ninth through twelfth grades team with neighboring districts to provide solutions to their regional, national and international business partners.  The Innovation Studio is an authentic PBL program providing students the opportunity to apply their academics to solve real world problems in all areas of STEAM and business management utilizing human centered design thinking within the classroom. In addition, the students transform into business consultants within the class as they learn to incorporate the essential success skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking that are the cornerstones of life beyond high school. 

 

9:20 – 9:45am

Room AB224, South Fayette High School

Jeannie Scott

In this game design course, students will be creating Transmedia games inspired by their favorite book, TV show, or movie. In this game genre, elements of the story are uncovered systematically through multiple channels to tell a unified story. Some of our young game designers will be finalizing the rules of their game while others are building their prototypes.

 

9:55 – 10:15am

Technology Literacy Room A321, South Fayette Intermediate School

Tori Bishop

Fifth grade students will be creating an interactive holiday greeting card using Scratch programming language. The students will be adding to their existing knowledge of parallelism, loops, and sequences by applying computational concepts such as conditionals and data to create a program that interacts with the user. Observing these two grade levels is a nice way to experience South Fayette’s vertically aligned computational thinking initiative – and a great way to have fun!

 

10:25 – 11:05am

Learning Lab, South Fayette Elementary School

Melissa Unger

Second grade students will be guiding our guests through an activity that combines electrical circuitry and computer programming to create electronic musical instruments. This activity demonstrates coding and electrical circuitry as seen through the maker movement in education

 

11:15 – 11:45am

6th – 12th Grade Student Showcase

Intermediate School Art Room B303, South Fayette Intermediate School

To create the innovators of tomorrow we must provide students with the opportunity to apply their innovative thought processes through real world projects that move from ideation to prototype and beyond. Students in grades sixth though twelfth will showcase their applied innovation through Project Based Learning school to business partnerships with All-Clad, Calgon Carbon, General Motors, Alcosan, and others. In addition, student teams will show their ongoing development of their unique products created for social good:  BusBudE App, and MyEduDecks. We hope you enjoy!

 

12:00 – 12:45pm

South Fayette Intermediate School Gym

Bon Appetit! It’s time for a relaxing lunch.

 

12:55 – 1:10pm

Ed Tech Computer Lab, South Fayette Middle School

AJ Mannarino

As part of the sixth grade technology education course, students complete a natural disaster rescue challenge. Students will be using robots and sensors to complete real world challenges. Afterwards you may see that your future will be safe in their hands.

 

1:25 – 1:45pm

3rd Grade STEAM Studio, South Fayette Intermediate School

Shad Wachter

Third graders will be building and testing their LEGO WeDo Ping Pong Ball launchers.  They will design a machine to throw a ping pong ball as far as possible, or as high as possible, or as accurately as possible.  Prior to building, they must decide which goal they will address: a launcher for-distance, height, or accuracy. Their launcher must use a LEGO motor and may also include a sensor.  Additional LEGO pieces, and non-LEGO materials may be used, but only sensors and motors from the WeDo kit are fair game.  They will focus on the engineering process, the importance of process, as well as product design. Students will develop a testable question, collect data, and analyze their data as it relates to the question under investigation.

 

2:00 – 2:50pm

South Fayette Intermediate School Gym

Brainstorming Breakout Sessions

How might we help you begin your own unique computational thinking and STEAM initiatives in your districts? You may rotate through three, 15- minute breakout sessions of your choice. There will be nine discussion areas lead by teachers, principals, administrators, and university professors. You are welcome to brainstorm ideas and find the support you need to take your vision to the next step.

 

2:50 – 3:00pm

South Fayette Intermediate School Gym

Wrap-up Session

How might we better serve your needs? Participants will provide their thoughts and ideas for moving forward. Wishing you much success on all your endeavors and safe travels home.

Briefing: Computational Thinking

Agenda: December 14, 2016

Group 3:   

Group Leader:  

Dr. Bille Rondinelli, Superintendent

Aaron Skrbin, Principal, High School

7:30 – 7:55am

High School Theatre Lobby, South Fayette High School

Welcome to South Fayette Township School District. Registration. Light snack and coffee.

 

8:00 – 8:15am

Theatre, South Fayette High School

Overview of the district initiatives and information about today’s schedule presented by Dr. Bille Rondinelli, SFSD Superintendent and Aileen Owens, SFSD Director of Technology and Innovation.

 

8:20 – 8:40am

Innovation Studio, Technology Education Lab, South Fayette High School

Brian Garlick & Tom Issac

Students in ninth through twelfth grades team with neighboring districts to provide solutions to their regional, national and international business partners.  The Innovation Studio is an authentic PBL program providing students the opportunity to apply their academics to solve real world problems in all areas of STEAM and business management utilizing human centered design thinking within the classroom. In addition, the students transform into business consultants within the class as they learn to incorporate the essential success skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking that are the cornerstones of life beyond high school. 

 

8:45 – 9:00am

HS Maker Space Room AA107, South Fayette High School

Stephanie DeLuca, Stacey Barth & Jeannie Scott

Through a $10,000 Infosys Maker Award presented to the student BusBudE team by Infosys Foundation, the high school maker space was born! In its infancy it has already provided support for projects such as the high school GameJam and the Girls STEAM Team’s Chain Reaction Contraption Challenge sponsored by the Carnegie Science Center. Meet the Girls STEAM Team and their sponsors. Let’s celebrate the next generation women leaders in computer science and engineering and all students who make and invent!

 

9:15 – 9:35am

Ed Tech Computer Lab, South Fayette Middle School

AJ Mannarino

All seventh grade students design and program a mobile app using App Inventor, for the purpose of helping students succeed in school, or to help someone in their community. They would love to share their ideas with you.

 

9:40 – 10:00am

Ed Tech Computer Lab, South Fayette Middle School

AJ Mannarino

As part of the sixth grade technology education course, students complete a natural disaster rescue challenge. Students will be using robots and sensors to complete real world challenges. Afterwards you may see that your future will be safe in their hands.

 

10:10 – 10:30am

2nd Floor STEAM Studio, South Fayette Intermediate School

Shad Wachter

Fourth grade students will be finalizing ramp investigations after studying forces in motion. Throughout the project, students develop a greater understanding of creating a testable question, controlling the experiment for fairness, and devising a way to collect data. Graphs and photos of the students' investigations and results will be displayed on shared bulletin boards. In this inquiry based approach, students decide on the question, determine a method to collect the relevant data, analyze the data, and use their data as evidence to answer the question under investigation. Please feel free to pose your own unique questions to our young scientists.

 

10:40 – 11:00am

Technology Literacy Room A321, South Fayette Intermediate School

Tori Bishop

Fourth grade students will be creating holiday greeting cards using Scratch programming language. The students will be focusing on using parallelism, loops, and sequences, to create a music video for their card. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!

 

11:10 – 11:50am

Learning Lab, South Fayette Elementary School

Melissa Unger

Second grade students will be guiding our guests through an activity that combines electrical circuitry and computer programming to create electronic musical instruments. This activity demonstrates coding and electrical circuitry as seen through the maker movement in education.

 

12:00 – 12:30pm

Art Room, South Fayette Intermediate School

Student Showcase

To create the innovators of tomorrow we must provide students with the opportunity to apply their innovative thought processes through real world projects that move from ideation to prototype and beyond. Students in grades sixth though twelfth will be showcasing their applied innovation through Project Based Learning school to business partnerships with All- Clad, Calgon Carbon, General Motors, Alcosan, and others. In addition, student teams will show their ongoing development of the BusBudE App, an app to keep students safe while riding to and from school on the bus and MyEduDecks, a pen-based application to provide opportunities for personalized learning and assessment. Enjoy discovering with the students.

12:30 – 1:10pm

South Fayette Intermediate School Gym

Bon Appetit! It’s time for a relaxing lunch.

 

1:20 – 1:45pm

Ed Tech Computer Lab, South Fayette Middle School

AJ Mannarino

With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through Digital Promise, eighth graders are now able to participate in Creative Entrepreneurship, taking their thoughts from ideation to prototype. Our students are hoping to create an invention that will help revolutionize their community and the world. Feel free to explore new ideas with them.

 

2:00 – 2:50pm

South Fayette Intermediate School Gym

Brainstorming Breakout Sessions

How might we help you begin your own unique computational thinking and STEAM initiatives in your districts? You may rotate through three, 15- minute breakout sessions of your choice. There will be nine discussion areas lead by teachers, principals, administrators, and university professors. You are welcome to brainstorm ideas and find the support you need to take your vision to the next step.

 

2:50 – 3:00pm

Wrap-up, South Fayette Intermediate School Gym

How might we better serve your needs? Participants will provide their thoughts and ideas for moving forward. Wishing you much success on all your endeavors and safe travels home.

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