Volume 7 Number 3 - Summer 1999
Retreat was held from June 27 - July 10.
Participants worked with Logo and LEGO Logo while relaxing in a small
fishing village on Deer Isle in Maine. Next summer's retreat will be held
June 25 - 30 and July 9th - 14. Contact Laura
Allen for more information.
The summer of 1999 was filled with Logo workshops and conferences.
The Logo Foundation sponsored a full schedule of Logo
Summer Institutes. Logo Immersion was hosted by the Spence
School in New York City and by Mesa State College in Colorado.
Participants designed and built animations, games, multimedia
presentations, and explored turtle geometry and randomness.
Logo Robotics was held at Convent of the Sacred
Heart in New York City and at Mesa State. It was a
particularly interesting time for this workshop:
The release of LEGO Mindstorms has made the
programmable brick widely available along with the
older Control Lab. We used Yellow Brick Logo,
a MicroWorlds program that speaks to LEGO's RCX
programmable brick, and Logo Blocks, an iconic
version of Logo that also works with the RCX.
Leisure activities included rafting on the
Colorado River, a tour of the Colorado National
Monument, and a visit to the Dinosaur Museum in
Colorado; and in New York, a Staten Island Ferry
ride followed by dinner in Little Italy, a museum
visit, and the "You've Got Mail" tour of the
Manhattan locations where that film was shot.
Mark your calendar for the 2000 Logo Summer
- Logo Immersion
- New York City June 19 - 23
Grand Junction, Colorado July 17 - 21
- Logo Robotics
- New York City June 19 - 23
Grand Junction, Colorado July 24 - 28
Registration materials will be available
"a 20th Century Epilog and an entrance to year 2000" was held in Sofia,
Bulgaria August 22 - 25, 1999. Seymour Papert, the "father of Logo,"
gave the opening Keynote speech, "Constructionism: Putting Logo in a
Larger Perspective." Papert also received an honorary doctorate from
the University of Sofia. In his acceptance speech, he called for heightened
attention to learning environments akin to the increased awareness of,
and care for the natural environment that has developed over the past
Celia Hoyles and Richard Noss spoke about the Playground
Project, which aims to create new programming environments
for children. In a related talk, Ivan Kalas of the
development team that produced the widely used Comenius
Logo, presented the next generation Open Logo, which will
emphasize object-oriented programming and multi-tasking.
Open Logo will be used, along with ToonTalk, in the
Bulgaria has had an active Logo community since the early
1980s, and the program included many presentations by
Bulgarian researchers and teachers.
The proceedings of Eurologo99 will soon be posted on the Eurologo99
website. Paper copies are available for US$35 each. Look the Table
of Contents and find out how to order
Eurologo01 will be held in Austria from August 20 to 24,
2001. Information will be posted on the Eurologo
June 21 Logosium was sponsored by ISTE's Logo SIG and
hosted by the Philadelphia Public Schools. The day featured tutorials,
presentations, and panel discussions for both beginners and experienced
Logo users. A highlight of the meeting was a discussion with Seymour
Papert, who talked about new projects he is involved in: working with
incarcerated youth and their teachers at the Maine Youth Center, and
with teachers in one-teacher schools in Maine and in Costa Rica. For
information about next year's Logosium in Atlanta contact Gary