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Picademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:20 pm
by gfinn
Let's hear from the those attending the Picademy Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.!

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:36 pm
by Techkitty
I'm super excited to be going to PiAcademy the end of the month :D !
Just looking into hotels now and booking a flight. Anyone have a hotel to recommend. sounds like other attendees have emailed each other ahead of time to confer. Hoping this is the place to do that.
I'm a technology coordinator for a private school (k-12) in Maryland. I have started an afterschool program using STEMpi kits and have been working with a friend on a new pi weather station for the school--it works but we need to find away to 'house' it outside. That's a challenge.
More about what I do later but for now--I'm looking forward to learning and getting some simple ideas for my younger kids --they like scratch and I've been having a heck of a time getting scratchGPIO working with pythonGPIO at the same time--I know there is a conflict and no time to solve right now.
I need better pi "fluency" that is for sure.
love all the posts I'm seeing from prior folks who've attended. Again, let me know where you are all coming from and if possible where you're planning on staying. thanks!

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:39 am
by MattRichardson
We're looking forward to meeting everyone at the end of the month! And we can't wait until you all meet each other. It's an incredible cohort. Sharing travel intel here is a great idea.

I've encouraged the previous cohort to stop by and offer some advice too!

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 1:55 pm
by gfinn
I am coming from Chicago on Friday morning and will be staying at Best Western Plus Mountain View Inn. Anyone else?

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:21 pm
by dan_blick
Hello!

I'm super excited to be joining this second cohort of Picademy in the US.

Does anyone have advice for a hotel close by the venue?

Dan B

https://twitter.com/Dan_Blick

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:13 am
by derrallg
My advice besides making sure to pace yourself for two days like a conference would also be to using social media. Try to not only be sharing but also following what others are saying. There is a brief moment in the morning where everyone will introduce themselves but it will pass by quickly. Using something like Twitter and the #picademy hashtag will be a great way to learn more about other people in your cohort. Also as things are happening and are shared both virtually and via the presenters it's a great way to save the information for a later more focussed look.

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 4:47 pm
by LeahJoly
Hello!
I am very excited to be traveling to Mountain View from Vermont! I am confirming travel plans in the next couple of days, but should be arriving Thursday afternoon. I am hoping to schedule a tour of Stanford's d.school Friday afternoon. Anyone interested in joining me?

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:40 pm
by nallstedt
Howdy All!

I'm super jazzed about attending Picademy at the end of the month in Mountain View. I just booked a room at the Courtyard San Jose Cupertino. I will be driving up from Central CA. I'm currently a half-time band director and half-time technology specialist for my district but next year I will be a full-time technology specialist in the district. We already have tech clubs at two of our five schools that are doing scratch coding and working with Sphero's. Looking forward to learning more to expand our programs for students.

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:36 pm
by danielcruz3399
Hi there, my name is Daniel and I'll be attending Picademy at the end of the month. I'm a technology teacher in New York. I'll be staying at the Quality Inn & Suites At NASA Ames.

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:58 pm
by Kerry Bruce
ONLY 10 Days away!
Super stoked to be attending PiAcademy USA next weekend!
Looking forward to meeting everyone and learning more about the Raspberry Pi and how to make my courses more engaging.
I should have some great pictures to share of my first IOT course's Raspberry Pi Final Projects (Presentations are next Friday before I catch my flight to Mountain View...)

Anywho... time to go study Python so I don't get lost next weekend.

See you next week.

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:16 pm
by gfinn
Some of us may need a ride or may want to check out some of the nearby area sites. Here is a link to share contact info, flight, rides and interests...

This is NOT an official Pi Academy document.. I am reusing a document from the previous PiAcademy

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13zV ... sp=sharing

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:23 am
by luetjenm
Woo Hoo!

I am so very excited to have been invited to attend! Looking forward to meeting everyone, sharing and learning tons. See you all soon!

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:04 am
by Tcoops
I can't believe it is next weekend. I am Tim Cooper from Toronto. I will be staying at the Hotel Strada and coming into SFO at 12:50pm on Friday. I am going to bring some of my Pi toys and look forward to finding out new Pi tricks, more ways to use them with kids and making new friends.

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:32 pm
by EmSwenson
Hello all! I am flying in from Louisiana Friday morning and will get in around 11. I am trying AirBNB for the first time - so we'll see how that goes! If anyone is up for a late lunch, let me know!

A little about me - I teach a PreK-6th grade STEM/Discovery lab and run the elementary Robotics team for my school. I'm excited to meet everyone this weekend!

Emily

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:18 am
by tsanchez
Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to be attending this coming weekend and extremely nervous. I'm just now getting into this computer programming stuff as a new 7/8 tech teacher, but love learning all about it. It will be great to meet and work with all of you!

@techishtrish

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:40 pm
by sherder23
Hi everyone! I was in the first Picademy. I was a total noob, and I have never been in a place where I felt so free to take risks and fail, because I knew I would be supported in everything. There are a number of us from the first cohort who continue our conversations on Twitter and Voxer. It was a fabulous group, and I'm sure your cohort will be too!

Have fun, take chances, learn a lot, and get to know people - you will have a great time! I'm looking forward to following the hashtag on Twitter, so don't forget to tweet. :)

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:38 pm
by edd
Really looking forward to Picademy! I teach tech/science classes in Washington (east side of state) and have very limited Python experience but have been slowly working through tutorials!
Ed Davis

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:14 pm
by luetjenm
Two more days till wheels up!

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:39 am
by KBais
I'm a Technology Integration teacher from NY and will be running my first coding camp this summer. I can't wait to learn at PiCademy and bring back some new, innovative ideas for our students. Looking forward to Friday and meeting all of you!

-Keith

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:41 pm
by luetjenm
I will be coming in Friday at 11:30. Staying at Hampton in Mountain View. So excited for this weekend! Looking forward to seeing you all!

Re: PiAcademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:29 pm
by bbriggs
So sorry I am joining this late but I am so excited for PiAcademy! Excited and Nervous all at once! I'm sure I am not as far along down the Python trail as all of you but am so excited to learn the capabilities of this and excited to meet all of you! I'm ready to jump in and have fun!

Re: Picademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:49 pm
by Kerry Bruce
Hi All!
Make sure you add your info to the Google Doc found earlier in this feed.
That way we can coordinate rides, excursions, etc.
See ya in 2 days.

Re: Picademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:59 pm
by MattRichardson
I'm getting so excited to meet all of you this weekend! We have some awesome stuff planned and of course you won't go home empty-handed! :D

You have my email address if there are any last-minute questions or problems. I'll be keeping a close eye on it over the next few days.

Re: Picademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 5:40 pm
by EdTechMaker
On the plane now and can't wait to meet everyone. Two of my very good friends and colleagues went to the first one and they couldn't wait to tell me all about it. Now I can't believe I'm going too. First time to the Bay Area, so that's exciting as well.

Dan Borghoff
@EdTechMaker

Re: Picademy USA - April/May 2016

Posted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:22 pm
by luetjenm
Touchdown! Hello San Jose! Looking forward to seeing you all tonight!