squeakfest2013

It’s that time again.  Time to pack up the kids and join us at SqueakFest 2013.  Don’t forget to bring your XO computer!

If you can’t make it please consider a donation to help cover travel costs: Donate

For more information see: Squeakfest 2013

From Rita:

There will be a Squeakfest again in Uruguay at June, 7th – 9th, this time in Atlantida. Etoys will cover the major part of the event, but there will also be workshops in Python, turtle art and robotics. After all, Uruguay is the country with XO-laptops in every elementary school and teachers are using the software which comes with Sugar.

http://squeakfest2013.weebly.com/

From our education team, Randall Caton and myself are going to present Etoys workshops. This year, I’ll introduce Kedama. I’m looking forward to an inspiring event!

If you want to help or know someone who would like to, I created a crowdfunding page to collect money to help to cover our travel cost. Please share as you like!

http://crowdfundedu.com/fundraiser/educators-to-squeakfest

Greetings,

Rita

Google Summer of Code

So what are you doing this summer?

Dear Students,

Now it is your turn! You will have to register in our website first [1], put there some information, show interest for the projects and contact the project mentors. After the registration step you will get all the mentors information in order to contact them. By pressing the button on the project, you will show your interest. This is not something formal yet.

Of course you can propose your own project too. In this case write a proposal in a format other projects have and send it to admins (see the email on the bottom).

Our mentors will vote for the most interesting projects and in the middle of the voting Google will tell us, how many projects will actually be funded. Voting will happen in May, with final results expected at the end of May. At that time you will finally know if you are accepted or not.

Of course, there can be many students interested per project. This means that interest for this project is high, but on the other side a chance that you will be chosen is lower.  It is up to you to convince a mentor that you are the best!

Note also that the Ideas page is deprecated. On ideas page just the project ideas were collected. Now, we are preparing the real projects.

So, please from now on always refer to this link for the projects:

http://gsoc2013.esug.org/projects

So, your initial steps are:

1. Register on our special Smalltalk GSoC website (with

your Google account!):

http://gsoc2013.esug.org/admin?view=loginGoogle

2. Edit your profile to get some more contact information for

mentors to let you know,

3. Fulfill your brief Biography page (see Biography tab on profile),

4. Go to Projects page, choose up to three projects and click there

‘I’m interested’ button,

5. Contact and discuss with project mentors about your interest.

Subscribe also to a special mailing list [2] where we will help you with further steps.

Deadline: as soon as possible, because the deadline to register on official GSoC website [3] is 3.May, which is, well, soon! But about that later…

Finally, we will really appreciate if you can help us to distribute this call for students. One of our goals is to increase the Smalltalk community. Those who have access to universities can distribute this among the students. Distribute also our poster [4] in many languages, English one attached.

[1] http://gsoc2013.esug.org

[2] Students mailing list:

http://groups.google.com/group/smalltalk-gsoc-students

[3] Official GSoC website

http://www.google-melange.com

[4] Poster in PDF and image format, in many languages

http://gsoc2013.esug.org/poster

Good luck!

Janko & Serge

GSoC Admin Team

smalltalk.gsoc@gmail.com

http://gsoc2013.esug.org

Girls for Rasberry Pi

8 April, 2013

Using Smalltalk Scratch to teach young kids engineering. See girls encouraging girls to get into engineering. See a scratch demo, a Lego Doggie, a blinking pillow, hair lights, a door alarm, backpack break lights and turn signals, then spread the word and follow GirlsForRaspberryPi

Technology for everyone.

 

New Release of Physical Etoys

Hi everybody (and sorry if you receive multiple copies),

It’s been a while since our last version but we’re proud to announce a new release of Physical Etoys.
You can download it from here: http://tecnodacta.com.ar/gira/projects/physical-etoys/

This new version includes:
* Full support for the DuinoBot kit (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1689254125/multiplo-create-your-own-robot).
* New objects such as the Timer and the IR receiver.
* More example projects to help you get started.
* And of course, lots of bug fixes and minor UI enhancements.

All in all, this version is much better than the previous and we hope you would enjoy it as much as we do :).

Thanks!
Richo

 

raspberrypi

From BetaNews: (see full article here: What does the future hold for Pi)

BetaNews: What does the future hold for the Pi — new versions?

Liz Upton: The Foundation’s committed to making sure that we don’t suddenly up-sticks and change the platform under people’s feet: the open community has been very good to us, and the last thing we want to do is to make the work they’ve done on the available software redundant. We want to continue selling the Raspberry Pi Model B for a good long time yet; we do have a final hardware revision to make, but the platform will be set in stone after that. We don’t have plans to make a new Pi at the moment; what we are putting a lot of effort into is improving the software stack. We reckon there are orders of magnitude of performance increases we can shake out of Scratch, for example; and this isn’t stuff you can expect the community to do, because it’s a very long and fiddly job. So Scratch, Wayland, Smalltalk: you should see some big improvements coming over this year. We’re also switching a lot of our concentration to our educational mission this year, after a year spent scrambling to get on top of manufacture.

Feeding the Mouse some Pi

Tim Rowledge announced:
Squeak 4.0 & 4.4 packages now available for RISC OS (on Raspberry Pi for example) at http://squeakvm.org/riscos

From Bert:

I like a slightly different proof even better, because it doesn’t need to rotate the shapes:

Powerful Ideas

14 March, 2013

Casey mentioned:

Speaking of Pythagoras, Alan Kay demos a visual proof for the theorem that’s super easy for just about anyone to understand right away using Etoys in his TED talk, which is worth a look:

Bert posted a youtube video as a response to a newbie question:

For her third language she chose Squeak, since she knew that Scratch was written in it. I would like to have her write the “Hello Pythagoras” program using Morphic objects, in a visually appealing way. So far I have had some trouble finding a tutorial that covers relevant information. I am sure I can figure this out by poking around long enough but if anyone has a pointer to documentation that might help, or a similar example, that would be great and much appreciated

Here is Bert’s terrific answer!

Google + Hangout

11 March, 2013

Google + Hangout

Come Join us!