a virtual immersion in creative computing for K12 teachers, parents, and technology integrators.

July 26 - August 6, 2021



For more than 40 years, The Logo Summer Institutes have offered a relaxed atmosphere with small groups of colleagues and a great deal of personal attention from experienced workshop leaders. In 2020, this annual workshop was transformed into a virtual experience, conducted via Zoom and online discussion groups. Although we did miss being together for an in-person, shared learning experience, the virtual format had some advantages. We were able to offer reduced registration fees, no travel expenses, and a more flexible schedule. People were able to attend from anywhere in the world. With continued uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, the Logo Summer Institute will again be virtual in 2021.

The Logo Summer Institute offers:

  • a project-based approach that supports computational thinking, and STEAM learning and teaching.
  • an individualized program that accommodates novices as well as more experienced participants, teachers of different subjects, those who teach in after-school programs and other informal settings as well as in classrooms, and teachers who are currently working in virtual classrooms.
  • a model of how to organize teaching and curriculum; this year with an emphasis on remote teaching and learning strategies.

The Logo Summer Institute 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.

Scratch

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.

The common thread in Logo Summer Institute activities and projects is creative computing – using technology to support the designing and building personally meaningful projects, and to explore powerful ideas. We use Scratch and other programming languages. For robotics and physical computing we use the Finch, Hummingbird, and micro:bit among other platforms. Some projects involve creating artifacts with 3D printing, laser cutting and etching, and embroidery. It’s unlikely that you have the equipment at home that is needed to fabricate these projects, so we are partnering with IDEAStudio to provide the necessary services at a distance. You send the file, they fabricate the project and send it to you, or if you are in the Houston area, you may pick it up..


The workshop has a flexible schedule, allowing you to manage other responsibilities during the two-week period. Sessions are scheduled for the mornings between 9:00 AM and noon (EDT). Some meetings will be intended for all participants, but for the most part, you will attend small-group sessions geared to your own needs and interests. You will be able to determine which sessions to participate in and your own best schedule for working independently on your projects. Many sessions will be repeated so as to offer you more scheduling options.



Tom Lauwers of BirdBrain Technologies led remote programming sessions at the 2020 Logo Summer Institute. Finches and Hummingbird-based robots at the BirdBrain studio in Pittsburgh were programmed by workshop participants from their homes. This will happen again in the 2021 Logo Summer Institute. Also, this year you will be able to borrow a Finch and a Hummingbird kit on free 60 day loan so you can work with them at home.


Afternoons are reserved for independent exploration and project development, and facilitator office hours where you can get assistance or drop by to chat. Informal discussions and impromptu sessions are also scheduled during the afternoons based on participants’ interests and needs. Sessions are recorded so if you miss one, you may view it at your convenience. These recordings will remain available after the Logo Summer Institute ends for review as needed.

Workshop Leaders

The Logo Summer Institute facilitators are classroom teachers and professional development specialists with extensive experience in creative computing and curriculum integration in grades K-12 and in all subject areas. They have also gained experience working with their students remotely as their schools closed during the Covid-19 Pandemic. They bring this experience to the virtual Logo Summer Institute. Since the 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. The team for 2021 is:

Additional facilitators will join us to lead workshops in their areas of expertise. These sessions will include:

Turtle Art - The art of programming, the programming of art

Brian Silverman and Artemis Papert
click here to find out more about this session

Twenty Things to Do with a Computer, 50 years later

Cynthia Solomon and Brian Silverman
click here to read the classic paper this session is based on

Remote programming of Hummingbird robots

Tom Lauwers
find out more...

Programming the new Finch 2 robot

Tom Lauwers
find out more...

Introducing Lynx, a cloud-based programming environment based on MicroWorlds

Michael A. Quinn
find out more about Lynx...



Software and Hardware

We emphasize software and hardware that are accessible,  broadly useful, and well-supported. 

The basics:

Scratch - a widely used programming environment and online community suitable for students ages 8 and up.
TurtleArt - The art of programming and the programming of art.
Makey Makey - a sensor board that allows you to have real-world inputs to your programs by connecting with everyday objects.
Hummingbird - a general purpose robotics platform suitable for a wide range of projects and usable with many programming languages.
Finch - a programmable robot suitable for PreK through college students
micro:bit - a low-cost microcontroller that for physical computing projects. It is the heart of the Finch and Hummingbird.

Additional systems we frequently use:

- Scratch Jr is a simplified version of Scratch for children ages 5 to 7
- Snap! is an advanced version of Scratch with more programming features; suitable or high school and college level computer science courses.
- MakeCode and microBlocks are programming languages for micro:bit and Circuit Playground Express
- VEX, LEGO WeDo, EV3, and Spike Prime  are self-contained robotics packages
- Arduino and Circuit Playground Express  are microcontrollers with capabilities similar to the micro:bit
- BeetleBlocks is a 3D turtle geometry programming language
- VexCodeVR and CoderZ are virtual robotics platforms  for controlling robots that live on your computer screen
- GOFL (Good Old-Fashion Logo) including  MicroWorlds, Lynx, Terrapin Logo, FMS Logo, UCB Logo, and others.

Resources

For the past several years we have maintained 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.

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.

Venue

The 2021 Logo Summer Institute is a virtual workshop that you may attend from anywhere in the world where you have a good internet connection. Schedules will be posted in Eastern Daylight Time.

Schedule

The workshop has a flexible schedule, allowing you to manage other responsibilities during the two-week period. Sessions are scheduled for the mornings between 9:00 AM and noon (EDT). Some meetings will be intended for all participants, but for the most part, you will attend small-group sessions geared to your own needs and interests. Afternoons are reserved for independent exploration and project development, and facilitator office hours (12:30 PM to 1:30 PM) where you can get assistance or drop by to chat. Informal discussions and impromptu sessions are also scheduled during the afternoons based on participants’ interests and needs. The schedule is updated and posted daily.

What does it cost?

- Regular registration: $395 per person

- Group registration when there are three or more people from the same school: $345 per person
- Returnee registration for people who have previously attended a Logo Summer Institute: $345 per person
- There are a limited number of scholarships available for Texas public school teachers that cover all but $60 of the registration fee.

What do I get?

- Admission to all Zoom meetings during the workshop.
- Membership in the Logo Summer Institute online discussion forum
- Access to online resources and support during the workshop and beyond
- Free registration for follow-up workshops during the 2021 - 2022 school year.

What if I need more information?

For more information contact us:

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


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


This is the most personalized workshop I've ever been to. I love that the instructors were willing to go down any rabbit hole suggested by a participant.

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.

All four instructors are AMAZING: patient, knowledgeable, encouraging, kind - all the aspects of a good teacher!! Thank you for this opportunity. I hope to be able to join next summer!!

I loved interacting with teachers from different grade levels. You get out of your vacuum and learn things you wouldn't think possible because of different perspectives.

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.