Programming Workshops on Presidents day (Monday, Feb 17)!



Yes, they were great presidents! While it will be cool to teach the school students how to become another great president, we will stick to the things we know!! We will teach them how to become great app/game developers instead. Most ISDs have desginated President’s day (Monday, Feburary 17) as Staff development day & student holiday. Since most parents will be working on that day, we plan to run one day workshops for school students. Level 2-4 workshops run for the whole day (9:30am to 4:30pm). Level 0 & level 1 workshops are half-day workshops – check the timings below.


Level 0 and level 1 workshops @ UT Dallas will be conducted in our labs – laptops are optional. All higher level workshops & all off-site workshops require you to bring a Windows laptop with you. MIT App Inventor, Java and Python workshops will be conducted in SPN (Synergy Park North) building which is in the north end of the campus, JavaScript will be conducted in ECSN building & all other workshops will be in ECSS building. Visit for detailed instructions. 



Registration site: (Deadline: Wed, Feb 12)


Half-day workshops cost $10 each and full-day workshops cost $20 each ($15 and $25 respectively for non-UTD locations). Families of UTD faculty/staff/students, school teachers and low income families qualify for discounts – see the bottom of for details.



Level 0: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders

 Animate, Draw & Explore using Scratch! 10 am – 12 noon – ECSS 3.101

Level 1: Level 0 graduates or 3rd graders to adults

 Animations using Scratch 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – ECSS 2.103

 Fancy Drawings using Logo 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm – ECSS 4.908A

 Advanced Scratch: Games & Stories 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm – ECSS 3.101

 Playing with Finch Robots 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm – ECSS 2.103

Level 2 : Level 1 graduates or Middle Schoolers to adults

 Enjoyable intro to Programming using Alice  (Animations) 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – ECSS 3.503

 Mobile App development using MIT App Inventor 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – SPN 1.107

 Enjoyable intro to Programming using Scribbler Robots 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – ECSS 4.910

 Enjoyable intro to Programming using JavaScript (Drawings) 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – ECSN 2.704

Level 3 : Level 2 graduates or persons with equivalent background

 Intro to Programming in Java 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – SPN 1.401

 Intro to Programming in C++ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – CANCELLED

 Intro to Programming in Python 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – SPN 1.109

Level 4: Level 3 graduates or persons with equivalent background

 GUI Game design in Java using Greenfoot IDE 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – CANCELLED

 Programming Competition problems  9:30 am – 4:30 pm – ECSS 3.504



We had planned to run Level 0 Scratch, Level 1 Scratch & Logo, Level 2 Alice & JavaScript and Alice 3 Java workshops in Allen/Plano, Carrollton/Lewisville & Coppell areas, but we have cancelled those since we did not get many registrations. Sorry!.

Parking pass has been emailed to all the participants. Participants need to bring the following 2 forms filled out and signed by parents to be admitted to the workshops. While we will do our best to help all the participants with the logistics, we cannot take care of them like a typical day-care. Participants have to go to hallway to eat lunch and to use restrooms. We are not responsible if a child wanders off after going to restroom or after eating lunch. That is one of the reasons why we recommend young children to register & attend the workshops with friend(s). A responsible adult should stay with child if the parent or a child is not comfortable with our settings.


Last, but not least … we will provide PIZZA lunch for all participants (parents too!) around 12:30pm, so no need to bring your own lunch. We will also provide snacks around 11am and 3pm. 


See you all on Monday!