John Sweeney, an 8th grade teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Cordova, Tennessee, wrote to tell us he will be giving a presentation on Project GUTS at the NSTA national conference in Los Angeles next week!
John has been using StarLogo Nova and Project GUTS in his 8th grade classroom during the current school year. In his presentation he aims to show teachers how he successfully implemented Project GUTS though he had virtually no prior experience writing code. He wrote "I cannot tell you how well this went in my classes this year. I have nearly a hundred students and they loved the entire experience. [...] Thank you so much for making it possible for me to work coding into my curriculum. I have tried very hard for long time to find some way to begin and Project GUTS has been the answer." John intends to push the first module down to grades 6 and 7 so that we can then complete modules 2, 3, and 4.
The NSTA conference takes place in Los Angeles, CA, from March 30 - April 2, 2017. (See http://www.nsta.org/conferences/national.aspx for more information.) If you are attending the conference, please visit John's session on Friday, March 31st 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM in Kentia Hall C at the LA Convention Center.
The title of John's presentation is: "Implement Coding Into Your Curriculum with Project GUTS". The description reads "Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) exposes teachers to a powerful method of engaging students in modern scientific practices using the StarLogo Nova platform. Model an outbreak and spread of a disease with variable rates of contagion, which can be expanded to model chemical reactions, complex ecosystems, and water as a shared resource while having your students gain a basic understanding of computer science. Bring your own device"
Good luck, John, and keep us posted on your progress!
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