Laing Advisory Board Meeting Notes
March 14, 2017
Robin invited Laing to present at the All Academy Debrief
Susie Starkman – helped many classes, students make their own mobile Apo, worked directly with standards, math, science and social studies so far
Next year Mr. Whitehair would like to expand the CS capabilities, systematic effort across whole school. Want to infuse CS into all courses, all students. Work on curiousity – bc it releases dopamine, it helps with memory retention. Applying for one time PLTW grant
Would like to consider all staff having training on coding. Kelly reports SPAWAR has Robocode.
Discussed doing Cyberfeud game with SPAWAR.
- Laing would like to expand their computer science capabilities for next year. They have secured a one-time $70k grant to set up a class that would provide students with HS credit in CS.
- Would like to have a programmer come to Laing to teach the teachers some of the basics of programming in Java. Jim Pearson??? RoboCode???
- Looking for the big picture. Sensors, etc.
Action: Could we bring out the DARPA robot to Laing? Show how it works, is coded, etc. If not the DARPA robot, one of the other machines that is programmable.
Action: talk to David Hatcher about opportunities to do some kind of real world programmable “robot” that the kids could build or program.
Here is some of what we’ve accomplished this year:
-Recommended and assisted with a revision of the school’s EDP diagram to be more in-line with industry standards
-Vendor expo with the students
-Egg drop competition
-provided cyber security cipher wheel template
-Brought on TriMech as a SolidWorks SME
-A lot of our support has been with brainstorming ideas for future growth. As an example, at the last meeting we discussed the possibility of including resume reviews and mock interviews as part of the ELA class. We also discussed how we could support a focus in computer science.