What do magicians and programmers have in common? They are good at juggling, have very nimble fingertips, often make things vanish, and have lovely assistants! Ok, so maybe not all of those describe your average hacker (unless your pair programmer partner happens to be Penny), but we are going to try to put on the most spectacular magic show that has ever been seen on the stage at a tech conference! [geeks only] As proper geeks, we are going to make heavy use of embedded wearable and internet connected devices to make up for our lack of dexterity and supernatural powers. Also, all tricks will be revealed with the designs available to reproduce in the spirit of open source and creative commons. Come join us to see for yourself what real [hacker] magic looks like!
Lego Mindstorms EV3 is a great way to introduce kids into the world of programming by controlling the physical world with their computers. In this session we will be using the Java programming language to write simple algorithms that power windmills, drive cars, and draw pictures. Students will get a chance to build projects from scratch with Lego bricks, deploy and run Java on the Mindstorms Intelligent Brick, and edit Java code on their laptops to make improvements to the projects. Lego Mindstorms hardware will be supplied for use during the lab; however, students will receive a printed project guide and are encouraged to continue exploring and learning at home.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer designed specifically for teaching programming in schools. We will be using it in this session to explore basic programming concepts in the context of a simple computer game. Students will get a chance to assemble a mini computer from scratch, learn to use the command line to compile and execute programs, and to make small enhancements to an existing program. Raspberry Pi hardware will be supplied for use during the lab; however, you are encouraged to bring your own device that you can use at home after the lab to continue exploring and learning.
Surviving as a zombie is tough... with the constant risks of sunlight, fire, and pesky mobs, doing your job of infecting the local villagers can be deadly. Fortunately, with the new JavaFX ZombieTime app, powered by the JSR 310 Date and Time API, you can rest easy. With built-in time zone and DST support you no longer have to worry about roaming around under the scorching hot sun. Accurately calculate out how long you have to infect the villagers before you decompose using Durations. And coordinate global attacks on the humans by syncing with your undead brethren on Instants. With the power of Java 8, eradicating the human race with a highly infectious virus has never been easier! This presentation is designed to teach Java Date and Time APIs to the undead, but the living are welcome to be our "guests". You may also learn some JavaFX in the process -- that is entirely my fault. Any correlation between the characters and events in this presentation and the impending extinction of mankind is purely coincidental.
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