Preconference classes are designed to give students, teachers, and mentors an opportunity to focus on a specific topic in a one day workshop environment.
Each year the Global Conference offers several different preconference classes on the day prior to the start of official conference activities. 2019 GCER preconference workshops will be held on July 6, 2019. Attending preconference is optional and does require registration through the GCER registration process for an additional fee.
Each of the classes are from 8:30 -4:30 with a break for lunch (not provided).
The KIPR Autonomous Aerial Workshop
Instructor: Ashley Borgerding and Carol Goodgame, KIPR STEM Implementation Specialists
In this workshop students will learn and use the python programming language to connect to and autonomously control a minidrone. No remote control flying will be allowed students must provide their own drones and a laptop (not a tablet or chromebook) with admin access. Registration to this workshop will also enter the participant in the KIPR Autonomous Aerial Challenge which will be taking place throughout the week at GCER. This Challenge program requires students to takes the skills learned and resources provided to them program their drones to complete various challenges.
Advanced Autonomous Aerial Workshop
Instructor: Dr. Amy McGovern, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma and Dr. Andrew Fagg, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma
Come join us for a day of advanced drone programming where you will learn how to use sensors including vision! This workshop will get you started on the KIPR Aerial game, which is open to all ages. The principles are the same as in botball: learn to program, work on your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills and have fun!! We are offering a workshop at GCER to get your drones and your team in the air! Come join us and learn about autonomous drone programming.
Solidworks and 3-D Printing Workshop
Instructor: Stephanie “Spoony” Witherspoon, CTE Instructor at Waltrip High School, Jessie Vo, CTE Instructor at Waltrip High School and CSWA, Christopher Knauth, Student at Waltrip High School and CSWA, Emmet Hagen, Student at Waltrip High School and CSWA
Your instructors are teachers and students from Waltrip High School where we have been learning and working with SolidWorks since 2015 with varying degrees of success. This year we have unlocked the code to passing the CSWA with 9 students passing to date and getting our students effectively using SolidWorks on a daily basis. Let’s spend the day gaining skills in SolidWorks, we will meet you where you are and get you moving towards having the skills you want whether that is to be able to draw robot parts or if you desire to pass the CSWA. We will bring a 3D printer and print some of your designs during the conference.
Wearable Technology Workshop
Instructor: Sabri Sansoy
Learn how to program and safely integrate wearable electronics like microcomputers and LED lights into clothing. Participants will receive a FLORA Budget Pack, a soldering iron, and helping hands.
The audience will learn
1. Safety is #1 priority
2. The basics of C programming.
3. How to connect and upload software programs to wearable computers from a laptop.
4. Flora Wearable Computer overview of switches and connectors
5. Neopixel LED overview of connect points
6. How to sew with conductive steel thread
7. How to solder silicon cover stranded core wire
8. Battery Options: Standard or Lipo Batteries