Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Place: Villanova University, Mendel Science Center 154
Are you interested in the future of computing education in the Philadelphia area? The PACSE meetings offer the opportunity to participate in small group discussions focusing on various topics of interest in CS education for high schools and colleges. All college/university/secondary school educators are welcome!
Symposium focus: Computer Science competitions
Act 48 credit available - please request at sign-in
4:00 – 4:30 Arrival and light dinner
4:30 – 4:45 Welcome and call to order
4:45 – 5:00 Rich Clancy will organize and pass around a sign up sheet for members interested in working on a committee to create a white paper for computer science teacher certification.
5:00 – 5:30 Ten minute presentations on the topic of computer science and programming competitions:
Speaker #1: Diane Thomson from the Chester Intermediate Unit speaking about the PA Computer Fair – the addition of a programming category
Speaker #2: Carlen Blackstone speaking about the ACL online computer science competition for high school students
Speaker #3: Frank Klassner speaking on the ACM international collegiate computer science competition with a regional level and international level.
Each speaker will provide a hand out with computer competition links, contact and registration information.
5:30 – 6:00 Break out sessions for each of the above competitions so members can share project ideas, information and ask questions of teachers who have participated.
By Car: Villanova University is located on route 30, Lancaster Avenue, just east of I-476. If you drive to the meeting, enter Villanova by the main gate on Ithan Avenue, just north of Lancaster Avenue (route 30), opposite the Pavilion. Tell the guard you are attending the PACSE Symposium in Mendel. Ask for directions either to the Mendel Lot, where there is limited parking around the greenhouse, or to the St. Augustine lot. From the Mendel Lot, enter the building by the right door under the arch connecting wings of the building, go up one flight of stairs. Room 154 is right around the corner. From the St. Augustine Lot walk past the St. Augustine Center for the Liberal Arts to the main entrance of the Mendel Science Center. Inside Mendel go up one flight and walk about half way down the corridor, turn right to room 154.
Public transportation: Take SEPTA's R5 train (http://www.septa.org/) to the Villanova station. If outbound from center city go down through the tunnel to the inbound side. From the inbound platform a few steps lead to the Mendel parking lot. Walk straight ahead to the entrance on the right under the arch connecting wings of the building, go up one flight of stairs to room 154.
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