Programming project comes to primary schools

BBC about the Code Club project. A quote:

Volunteers have kicked off a project to set up after-school clubs that teach young children how to programme computers.

Called Code Clubs, the sessions will aim to instil the basics of computer programming into children aged 10-11.

The clubs will be built around practical hands-on tasks that will include children making games and eventually controlling robots.

It aims to have 25% of the UK’s primary schools running a Code Club by 2014.

And more from BBC: Learning to code. A quote:

Alasdair Blackwell, our main tutor and the co-founder of Decoded, is an impressive evangelist for the open web, and the need to give ourselves the tools to make best use of it.

He argues that today’s teenage iPad users, far from being digital natives, actually have less understanding of what makes computers tick than his generation, who got their hands dirty with machines like the BBC Micro. “The children playing on iPads, I actually despair for them because they’re just using software, not creating software for themselves.”

Meanwhile, First Raspberry Pi computers to be delivered.

Cultures of Mathematics and Logic (China)

9-12 November 2012
Institute for Logic and Cognition
Sun Yat-Sen University
Guangzhou, China
http://www.math.uni-hamburg.de/home/loewe/Guangzhou2012/

All researchers working on various aspects of “Cultures of Mathematics and Logic”, including, but certainly not limited to, philosophers, sociologists, historians of mathematics, mathematicians, and researchers in mathematics education, are cordially invited to submit their one page abstracts by the submission deadline of 30 June 2012 (see below for details).

DESCRIPTION OF THE CONFERENCE. Mathematics and formal reasoning are fundamental building blocks of knowledge, essential for science, technology, policy-making and risk-management. Mathematical practice is a rich phenomenon of human activity, with subtle differences between various cultures: here, the word culture can refer to national cultures, but also cultural differences in different historical periods, in different strata of a given society, in different social settings.

And yet, the public perception of mathematics is of an apersonal subject with little or no human interaction, based on a false picture of a science of pure thought and deduction, with almost no interaction or visible activity.

In a move away from these traditionalist positions, philosophers and social scientists have recently become more interested in studying mathematical and logical practice, or, to be precise, different mathematical and logical practices. Our conference will focus on this plurality of viewpoints, studying the various cultures of mathematics and logic, and involve several disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, cognitive science, history of mathematics, mathematics education, and linguistics.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS.

* Andrea Bender. Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.
* Karine Chemla. Equipe Recherches Epistémologiques et Historiques sur les Sciences Exactes et les Institutions Scientifiques (REHSEIS), Paris, France.
* Christian Greiffenhagen. University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom.
* Shirong Guo. Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot, China.
* Juan Pablo Mejía Ramos. Rutgers University, Piscataway NJ, United States of America.
* Reviel Netz. Stanford University, Stanford CA, United States of America.
* Zhaoshi Zeng. Sun Yat-Sen University. Guangzhou, China.

IMPORTANT DATES.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2012
Notification of authors: 30 July 2012
Conference: 9-12 November 2012

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION. All researchers are encouraged and invited to submit their abstracts until the deadline of 30 June 2012 via the easychair submission page at

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cml2012

Please submit the abstract either in the “abstract” field of the easychair submission site or as a one-page PDF submission.

POST-CONFERENCE PUBLICATION. All authors of papers presented at the conference will be encouraged to submit a full version to a post-conference publication volume. The deadline for submission of full papers will be in early 2013. All papers submitted to the post-conference proceedings will be refereed to high journal standards, and acceptance as a presentation is no guarantee that the post-conference paper will be published.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE. Mihir Chakraborty, Jadavpur University, India; Shuchun Guo, Chinese Academy of Science, China; Joachim Kurtz, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany; Brendan Larvor, University of Hartfordshire, United Kingdom; Benedikt Löwe, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Martina Merz, Universität Luzern, Switzerland; Dirk Schlimm, McGill University, Canada; Ju Shier, Sun Yat-sen University, China

LOCAL INFORMATION. Guangzhou, known historically as Canton, is located in southern China on the Pearl River, about 120 km north-northwest of Hong Kong. With over 12 million inhabitants, it is the third largest city in China (after Shanghai and Beijing) and the largest city of southern China.
In the month of November, expected temperatures are between 15 and 24 degrees. Baiyun International Airport is a major transportation hub with many national and international airlines (for instance, Air France, China Southern Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa, etc.). In addition, Guangzhou is easy to reach from Hong Kong with its international airport.