July 10-13, 2017
The Spence School
New York City

Eventbrite - Logo Summer Institute 2017 @ Spence

July 24-27, 2017
University of Texas

Austin, Texas

Registration at this location
is limited to Texas teachers

July 31 - August 3, 2017
Fort Bend ISD

Sugar Land, Texas

Eventbrite - Logo Summer Institute 2017 @ Fort Bend ISD

The Logo Summer Institute is an intensive immersion in creative computing for K12 teachers, parents, and technology integrators. Our project-based approach supports computational thinking, and STEAM learning and teaching. The program is highly individualized to accommodate novices as well as more experienced participants, teachers of different subjects, and those who work in after-school programs and other informal settings as well as in classrooms.

Learn to code as you explore and create projects using Scratch, Makey Makey, Hummingbird, Arduino, and a variety of other hardware and software platforms.

The Logo Summer Institute provides a relaxed atmosphere with a small group of colleagues and a great deal of personal attention from experienced workshop leaders. We have a low participant to facilitator ratio and daily advisory meetings to insure that participants' individual needs are met.

Click here for a detailed course description

Our team of facilitators include classroom teachers and professional development specialists with extensive experience in creative computing and curriculum integration:

- Tiffany Achiu of Fort Bend ISD
- Fred Benitez of Eanes ISD
- Heather Brown of the University of Houston
- Hope Chafiian of the Spence School
- Gianna Colson of La Feria ISD
- Leila Cubriel of Fort Bend ISD
- Steve Farnsworth of the Dwight School
- Lan Heng of the Ethical Culture School
- Samantha Hott of the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Sean Justice of Texas State University, San Marcos
- Jeannie Langston of Fort Bend ISD
- Tracy Leavitt of the High Meadow School
- Lisa McMillan of Fort Bend ISD
- Erik Nauman of the Hewitt School
- Ike Shaw of the High Meadow School
- Ronald Somera of Plano ISD
- Michael Tempel of the Logo Foundation
- Ryan Torbey of Code in Common

Spend four days immersed in creative computing, exploring constructionist technologies and programmable learning environments


Scratch has a central role in the Logo Summer Institute. For novices it offers a comfortable introduction to computer programming, or "coding" as it is often called. Beyond that it enables one to create significant projects such as games, animations, stories and reports, multimedia presentations, and simulations related to various curriculum areas or based on personal interest.

We make connections between Scratch projects to the outside world with Makey Makey, Hummingbird, and Arduino.

Makey Makey

There are Interest Groups around the many other technologies that are available, types of projects, curriculum areas, and other interests. The facilitators propose some of the topics. Others are  initiated by participants, or emerge as work progresses during the week, Participants join the ones that interest them. Here are some of the possible topics for these Interest Groups.

- Programming for artists with TurtleArt and Light Logo
- Wearable Computing using the Lilypad and other platforms
- Advanced programming with Snap!
- Modeling with StarLogo Nova and NetLogo
- Robots that require no building, just programing – BeeBot, ProBot, Finch
- Self-contained robotics packages – VEX, LEGO NXT, WeDo, EV3,
- Robo Expo Ramp Up – prepare for the Exhibition and Challenges in this annual robotics event for students.
- 3D programming with BeatleBlocks; ScratchX 3D
- Other Microcontroller Boards – Make!Sense; GoGo
- Just for Little Kids – BeeBot, Scratch Jr, WeDo
- Focus on curriculum areas – math, language, art, music, and others
- Integrating programming and physical computing into interdisciplinary projects
- Turtle Geometry
- Blocks programming to text programming– why, when, and how
- GOFL (Good Old-Fashion Logo) – MicroWorlds, Terrapin Logo, FMS Logo, UCB Logo, and others.


Here's what some participants in previous Logo Summer Institutes had to say:*

Company was great, location wonderful, info and ideas abound...

This was the most productive professional development workshop I've attended. Valuable personal learning experience of skills that directly relates to classroom experience. Very excited to try these out next school year.

I thought it was a terrific workshop! I really learned a lot about how to use the technology. The facilitators were also great! They always were around to see how your project was going and offer great feedback on it, which was incredibly helpful :)

The level of individual attention I received was remarkable, considering the number of people in the class who were all working on complicated matters. I truly appreciated the patience, intense focus and time given by all the facilitators. Each facilitator was approachable and genuinely concerned that I learned the material.

It was a terrific week. The facilitators were all knowledgeable and helpful, the pace was perfect, and the structure lent itself to the sort of independent learning that we hope to facilitate in our own classes.

I have been to a lot of professional development type conferences where much of the day was spent being talked at. I loved that the majority of the time here I was able to spend time experimenting with the different programs, and brainstorming ideas with other participants.

It was delightful to have time to be immersed in a project. I also enjoyed working with such a creative group of people. Lots of fun!

Wonderful! I will be using what I learned! I feel very invigorated!

I came with zero knowledge and going home with a truckload of new ideas. I am so excited to share these with my colleagues and students.

The differentiation of the technologies was brilliantly orchestrated when you consider the wide spread of experience levels.

All the facilitators that I worked with were amazing! A pleasure to work with and super helpful!

This was by far the best workshop I've ever been to.

I hope that I am not being hyperbolic in saying that I think this week has changed my life and will then indirectly change many other lives.

*comments taken from the evaluations that participants were asked to complete at the end of the Institute.

Who should attend?

Most people who attend the Logo Summer Institutes are elementary, middle school, and high school teachers, school or district technology coordinators, and technology integrators, but we have had people from all walks of life: scientists, engineers, graphic artists, college professors, computer programmers, and parents who are home schooling their children. We have also had young people attend along with a parent or teacher.

The Logo Summer Institutes at High Meadow and Spence are open to everyone. The workshop at University of Texas is open to K8 teachers working in Texas public, charter, and nonprofit private schools.

What does it cost?

The  registration fee for the Logo Summer Institutes at the Spence School and at Fort Bend ISD $790 per person. There is a 10% discount when three or more people from the same school or organization register together.

The registration fee for the Logo Summer Institute at University of Texas, Austin is $400 per person.

What do I get?

  • All workshop materials and software, and access to computers, equipment, and tools.

  • Optional recreational activities. In New York City this includes a harbor cruise on the Staten Island Ferry and other sightseeing followed by dinner.

  • Access to online resources and support during the workshop and throughout the school year

New York City Harbor Cruise


The 2017 Logo Summer Institutes will be hosted by the Spence School, conveniently located in New York City on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the University of Texas at Austin, and Fort Bend ISD in Sugar Land, Texas.

Travel and housing

The best way to get around in New York City is by public transportation. The workshop site is easily reached by subway and bus. If you do wish to drive we can advise you about parking.

Austin, home to the University of Texas, is served by major airlines. Sugar Land is on the southwest side of Houston. For both Texas locations it is advisable to have a car while you are in town.

For all three locations we can  make some recommendations for housing in various price ranges.

How do I register for the Logo Summer Institute?

Click one of the buttons below to go to the registration page. There are separate registrations for each Logo Summer Institute. Make sure you are registering for the one(s) you plan to attend.

Eventbrite - Logo Summer Institute 2017 @ Spence

July 10-13, 2017
The Spence School
New York City

Registration at this location
is limited to Texas teachers

July 24-27, 2017
University of Texas

Austin, Texas

Eventbrite - Logo Summer Institute 2017 @ Fort Bend ISD

July 31 - August 3, 2017
Fort Bend IDS
Sugar Land, Texas

Please let friends and colleagues know about the Logo Summer Institutes. We have a poster / flyer that you may distribute freely. Click here or on the image below to download a copy.

  Logo Summer Institute poster


What if I need more information?

For more information about the content of the Logo Summer Institute, and for information about local arrangements in New York City contact us:

Logo Foundation
250 West 85th Street, suite 4D
New York NY 10024
email: info@logofoundation.org
telephone: +1 212 579 8028

For more information about application and registration for UT Austin click here.
For more information about local arrangements in Austin contact Amy Werst <amy.werst@utexas.edu>