This year's SIGCSE has a new event called "Experience
It!" where participants can get hands-on experience trying new software
and hardware for computer science education. This year's focus is on
easy-to-use robotics for use in all levels of computer science
education: from introductory courses, on up through senior thesis
projects. Experience It! will be hosted in the exhibit hall at the
"Playground." Here you will get one-on-one expert-guided assistance in
a variety of hardware and software. Experience It! will also host a
grand finale event where participants can demonstrate a short, but
entertaining, robot program.
We're trying to improve last year's very successful
event in three specific ways:
- Be more visible
- Get more people to have a hands-on experience
- Be less complicated
The focus of our
program will all be in the exhibit hall this year. We're going to have
a big booth with tables and chairs for one-on-one demonstrations (see Experience
It! Space). Participants will be able to stop by the exhibit hall
booth any time the exhibit hall is open and try out a robot. We'll have
fewer robots, but each will have a laptop to make getting started
Ambassadors, will occupy the booth during the official
conference breaks when they can have the most impact. Ideally, each
ambassador will leave two robots and laptops in the booth so that
people can stop by and use them whenever they like, without having to
install software, etc.
The booth will be "open" whenever the exhibit hall is open,
but real our focus will be during the breaks. There are 5 breaks and
we'd like ambassadors to commit to spending at least 3 of those breaks
in the booth. We suggest that each ambassador also bring along two
additional robots that they can loan out to individuals to experiment
with outside the booth. We're going to have another "grand finale"
event immediately before the luncheon. More on that below.
Robots that will be availble to experience:
Here's what we hope Ambassadors will be able to contribute:
- Bring four robots and two laptops with you - two robots
the laptops would stay in the exhibit hall. The other two are for you
to loan out to interested individuals
- Create some "getting started" materials so that if
wants to try out your robot and you're not there they have an easy way
to do so.
- Commit to being in the booth during 3 of the 5 scheduled
breaks. We found last year that many people were reluctant to try out a
robot without some encouragement from an expert.
- Poster and fliers about your robot
SIGCSE Scheduled Break and Exhibit Times
Thursday, March 1, 2012:
10 am - 10:45am
3pm - 3:45pm
Friday, March 2, 2012:
10 am - 10:45am
3pm - 3:45pm
Saturday, March 3, 1012:
10:10am - 10:55am
The Grand Finale: The Binary Ring Robot Circus
The Geekiest Show on Earth!
12:15 Saturday March 3rd -
Immediately before the SIGCSE Luncheon
Be a circus performer: Show
off your own skills and win prizes!!
Be a ring master:
Bring your students' acts to SIGCSE and they can win prizes!!
Be an audience member:
the greatest of ease!!
The SIGCSE 2012 Grand Finale will
be an attempt to set the record for the largest robot circus ever (OK,
so we aren't actually aware of any robot circuses out there already,
but this will be BIG!)
We're looking for experienced roboticists as well as participants
who've just tried out a robot for the first time to create a
circus-themed act or activity for our event. What can you program a
robot to do??
- An elephant walk - multiple robots follow one another
around on the floor!
- Boardwalk ring toss - stick a peg on your robot and try to
avoid disks being thrown by pesky humans!
- Clowning around - dress up your robot and entertain the
- Something else - be creative - can your robot juggle? Swing
on a trapeze? Do a magic trick?
The prizes are personal robots for education. Everyone who
participates in the event is eligible to be entered into a raffle in
one of three categories:
- Experienced Roboticist: You know who you are. You've done
this before and know it's fun!
- Newbie Roboticist: You're new to all this but played in the
playground during SIGCSE and have realized how easy it is.
- Undergraduate Roboticist: This category is both for
undergraduates who are attending SIGCSE as well as for those who can't
be at SIGCSE, but who can send their "Circus Acts" along with faculty
to show off for them at the finale.
Jennifer Kay - firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Blank - email@example.com
Link to Ambassador details.