EXPLORING MATH WITH MINECRAFT
Math skills are so critical to learn, but how do you get kids interested? Simple! Make it a game. Using the hit title Minecraft, this course will teach you how to use math to help kids do something fun and spark their interest in math, engineering, and technology.
- Setting up students in a Minecraft world together.
- Giving them a specific math-related task.
- Balancing work and play in the game.
When: Saturday Morning (9:00am – 12:30pm)
Where: Room 212
Who: Teachers, Grades 1-2
CODING FOR KIDS: GOT GAME?
Kids love playing games, but they’ll like making one even more. Using Microsoft’s XNA Framework, the Kodu Game Lab allows kids to create 3D games using a simple, tile-based coding language. This tool provides an excellent opportunity to teach children computer science concepts earlier than would be possible using text-based languages.
- Creating and designing 3D worlds and levels.
- Coding characters to interact with the world.
- Making game rules and challenges from a developer’s perspective.
When: Saturday Afternoon (12:30pm – 5:00pm)
Where: Room 212
Who: Teachers, Grades 3-5
As CEO and founder of CodeREV, Evan draws from his experience as an education entrepreneur, STEM educator, and lead product manager for education software. As Evan became familiar with local school curricula in his 14 years teaching STEM, he grew to see coding as the missing link that was not being taught in schools. Evan feels fortunate to work with such talented and caring teachers, believing a company is only as good as its people. When not at CodeREV, Evan enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters.
Luis Morales is a one-man software development company, having developed business applications for lead generation, data gathering, automation, and optimization. Before working for CodeREV, Luis tutored students grades K – 12 for a program that helps students from low income homes and underperforming schools. Luis specializes in mathematics and serves as one of CodeREV’s primary Mathcraft instructors.