It's time to make plans for summer 2019. The Spence School in New York City will host the Logo Summer Institute July 22-25.

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July 22-25, 2019
The Spence School
New York City

Eventbrite - Logo Summer Institute 2019 @ Spence

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.

Our approach to teaching and learning is progressive and learner-centered. This means that we accommodate the interests, learning style, and needs of each participant. So, whatever your educational philosophy and teaching circumstances, your Logo Summer Institute experience will be tailored to your personal and professional requirements.

Learn to code as you explore and create projects based on your personal and professional interests using Scratch, Makey Makey, Hummingbird, micro:bit, 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 to insure that participants' individual needs are met.

Our team of facilitators includes classroom teachers and professional development specialists with extensive experience in creative computing and curriculum integration in grades K-12 and in all subject areas. Since the five members of the team each have their own interests and special areas of expertise, you will have support and guidance in a wide variety of project areas and technologies. Everyone on the team is fluent in Scratch and several other programming languages. in addition, some of their specialties are listed below.

  • Hope Chafiian of the Spence School
    Wearable Computing with Lilypad and TurtleStitch; Physical Computing projects with Hummingbird and micro:bit
  • Steve Farnsworth of Avenues
    Sound art; Wearable Computing; LEGO EV3; Circuit Playground, micro:bit, Raspberry Pi, Arduino.
  • Lan Heng of the Ethical Culture School
    Musical Robots, LEGO EV3 programming; Physical Computing with Scratch 3.0 using micro:bit, LEGO WeDo and EV3 Robotics
  • Erik Nauman of the Hewitt School
    LightLogo with neopixels, 3D Geometric Art, Arduino
  • Michael Tempel of the Logo Foundation
    Exploring mathematics through programming, Generative Art; data visualization and sonification.

Click here to take a look at the Logo Summer Institute Resources website. It includes software and hardware guides and tutorials, background readings, software downloads, curriculum ideas, and photos and videos from past Logo Summer Institutes. The site was created for participants in the Logo Summer Institutes, remains active after the workshop, and is public and open to all.

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 based on personal interest and related to various curriculum areas.

We make connections between Scratch projects and the outside world with Makey Makey, Hummingbird, micro:bit, LEGO WeDo and EV3, Arduino, and other devices.


Interest Groups form throughout the week. Facilitators propose some of the topics while others are  initiated by participants or emerge as work progresses during the week. Participants join the ones that appeal to them. Here are some of the possible topics for these Interest Groups.

- Focus on curriculum areas – math, language, art, music, and others

- Programming for artists with TurtleArt and LightLogo
- Connecting Scratch to the outside world with Makey Makey and Funkey
- Physical computing and robotics with Hummingbird and micro:bit
- Wearable Computing with Lilypad and Turtlestitch
- Advanced programming with Snap!
- Modeling with StarLogo Nova and NetLogo
- Robots that require no building, just programing – BeeBot, Finch
- Self-contained robotics packages – VEX, LEGO WeDo and EV3,
- Robo Expo Ramp Up – prepare for the Exhibition and Challenges in this annual robotics event for students.
- 3D programming with BeetleBlocks
- Programming the Arduino with Scratch and Snap!
- Other Microcontroller Boards – Raspberry Pi, Circuit Playground,
- Just for Little Kids – BeeBot, Scratch Jr, WeDo
- Integrating programming and physical computing into interdisciplinary curriculum projects
- Turtle Geometry
- Visual programming and text-only programming – choosing what's appropriate
- 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 liked the blend of focused mini-lessons with independent explorations.

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.

Awesome Workshop!!!

*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 2019 Logo Summer Institute in New York City will be hosted by the Spence School, conveniently located on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

What does it cost?

  • Regular registration: $870per person
  • Group registration when there are three or more people from the same school: $770 per person
  • Returnee registration for people who have previously attended a Logo Summer Institute: $770 per person

What do I get?

- All workshop materials and software, and access to computers, equipment, and tools.
- Access to online resources and support during the workshop and throughout the school year

How do I register for the Logo Summer Institute?

Click the Register Now button below to go to the Logo Summer Institute registration page.

July 22-25, 2019
The Spence School
New York City

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What if I need more information?

For more information contact us:

Logo Foundation
250 West 85th Street, suite 4D
New York NY 10024
telephone: +1 212 579 8028