Crazy Travel Begins: NASA Goddard, MIT CSAIL, Stanford, and Tufts
It’s nearing the end of the semester here, and classes are wrapping up, so the pent-up travel bursts into my calendar. Here’s what I’ve got the next three weeks:
- I told my youngest daughter, “I’ve got a cool talk coming up. What’s the coolest, geekiest, most amazing techie thing you’ve heard of recently?” She immediately replied, “The Mars Rover!” And I got to say, “I’m going to NASA!” (which is even cooler in our house than saying, “I’m going to DisneyWorld!”) I’m flying tonight to Baltimore to visit NASA Goddard Space Flight Center tomorrow and give a talk about computing education for everyone. My eldest daughter wishes she could come with me — “That’s my dream job!”
- Friday, I’m going to MIT Computer Science and AI Laboratory (CSAIL) to talk about “What we know about teaching computer science (Answer: Not all that much)”. It’s going to be an exciting day. Hal Abelson and Mitchel Resnick are both on my schedule. I’ve already received a note from Richard Stallman saying that he can’t make my talk, but am I going to release any free/libre software to address problems in CS education? (Seriously!)
- Next Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec 4-5), Barbara and I are visiting Stanford again. We were just there in March and are pleased to be invited back so soon. I’m giving two talks on Tuesday (and the nervousness factor rises geometrically, not linearly). The first is a demonstration lecture, which I’m excited about and wish I got invited to do more often when I visit places — I don’t get to teach introductory CS much here, and I love doing it, so it’s a treat for me. The second is a research talk on “On-Line CS Education.”
- Then the following Monday (Dec 10), I’m at Tufts University visiting the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. There’s a bunch of great work going on there, but I have a more personal interest in going there, too. I lived at Tufts when I was an intern for GTE Laboratories in Waltham in the Summer of 1983, and have fond memories of the campus.
If I’m slow in responding here (or via email) over the next three weeks, I hope you’ll understand. If you’re around one of these places and can come to my talk, please do and stop by to say hello!