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We are pleased to announce the MassCUE and M.A.S.S. 2016 Annual Technology Conference, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.). Both organizations recognize the benefits of a collaborative partnership that focuses on the collective interests of our school districts.  We will be providing educators from across the Commonwealth and New England with exciting ways to enhance teaching and learning with technology.  
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Thursday, October 20 • 10:00am - 10:55am
Teaching Coding with Robots : From Kindergarten to Career

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Like many states, Massachusetts has adopted K-12 computer science standards. We must now focus on bringing this competency into the classroom. Many of the opportunities for learning to code are short, disconnected experiences offered by websites and apps. We believe robots offer an easier on-ramp for teachers and higher engagement for students.

Coding with robots is a dynamic experience: robots react to the environment, people react to the robots, and the interplay is orchestrated with code. Robots bring coding to life, giving a physical presence to both simple and complex problems.

This is why we created Root. Ready to go out of the box, Root allows teachers to instantly share coding lessons on the classroom whiteboard. In addition to driving on walls, Root draws, erases, plays music, and explores its world with over 50 sensors and actuators—making the same robot usable from K through 12.

Because the Root experience is fused with the interface for programming it, we created Square: an intuitive app that scales—from a blocks-based graphical environment designed for early elementary students, up to a text-based environment for older grades. Automatically translating programs from one level to another, Square enables Root to evolve with students as they grow.

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Zivthan Dubrovsky

Bioinspired Robotics Platform Lead | Harvard University | Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering
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Wyss Institute

The Wyss Institute has a mission to develop transformative technologies into products that have an impact on society and the world. The Wyss developed Root, a robot designed for the classroom whiteboard to engage kids with coding from an early age, retain their interest, and develop coding skills throughout their academic journey.
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Shaileen Pokress

Root Education Lead, Wyss Institute
Computer Science Curriculum Specialist | Harvard University | Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering | Shaileen Crawford Pokress is a K-12 computer science curriculum specialist working on standards-based curricula to take advantage of the unique capabilities of Root. Prior to joining the Root team, Shay developed a widely adopted curriculum at Project Lead The Way using an infusion approach that connects problem-based computer science... Read More →

Thursday October 20, 2016 10:00am - 10:55am
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