[portland] Fwd: [Edu-sig] Call to Action (PyCon)

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 22:45:42 CET 2009

Forwarding from the Edu-sig group within Python.

I've been working on Vern on this project, also Steve Holden, so think
I should help publicize the fact that Pycon is new featuring a "poster

For those of you less familiar with academic conferences, that's where
feature papers or projects get some space, usually on a board, on the
model of a science fair.  Sometimes the authors hang around for the
purpose of discussing their work and answering questions.

In this case, we're offering space to minors, high school aged users,
who may not be able to make the event itself, but would like some
recognition for their work.  Our poster session is not limited to this
demographic, but I wanted to make clear that submitting a poster
doesn't commit the participant to accompanying the exhibit.

As time goes on, we expect more use of LCDs to rotate through posters,
which will end up more like lightning talk TV commercials for whatever
projects, in which case the authors will have an opportunity to make a
guest appearance in the context of their own work.

Here's the edu-sig home page, for those unfamiliar:

There's a link to our mail list at the bottom.

If you have associates, siblings, other family members or co-worker
friends who might appreciate getting this information, you could link
directly to this post in our public/open archive why not?


PS:  new work on teaching Python generators on Wikieducator site, FYI:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Vern Ceder <vceder at canterburyschool.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 10:14 AM
Subject: [Edu-sig] Call to Action (PyCon)
To: "edu-sig at python.org" <edu-sig at python.org>, edupython at googlegroups.com

Hi everyone,

This is a call for help on a couple of fronts.

First of all, I could really use your help in promoting the poster
session at PyCon. The nature of posters make them a good fit for both
Python educators and their students. Undergrads and graduate students
(and teachers) can use them as a way to get conference presentation
experience and recognition, and virtual posters let students and
teachers at any level get in on the fun, even if they can't come to

So please, promote, blog, etc the poster session to your friends and
colleagues as much as you can. Again, all information is at
http://us.pycon.org/2010/conference/posters/ and don't hesitate to
email me if you have any questions. If you have contacts that you
think would be more responsive to a semi-official
announcement/invitation/groveling plea from me, please send me their
contact info and I'll get something to them.

Secondly, we have the chance to put our stamp on PyCon. It wouldn't
take that much to move our unofficial BoF to being a regular education
"summit" and standard feature of PyCon. What it *would* take is
someone to own the job of basic planning and outreach to the Python in
Ed community, particularly those within easy attendance range of
Atlanta. If anyone is willing to do that, but either can't attend
PyCon or feels uncomfortable moderating the actual event, I'd be
willing to be an on-site figurehead of last resort. ;)

Given that the southeast includes so many excellent schools at all
levels, it could be a great time to turn up our outreach, and it would
demonstrate that Edu-Sig is one of the leading communities (which I
happen to believe) within the greater Python community.

So please consider taking this on. And please help plug the poster
session - it would be great to have a strong education presence as we
add posters to PyCon.


This time for sure!
  -Bullwinkle J. Moose
Vern Ceder, Director of Technology
Canterbury School, 3210 Smith Road, Ft Wayne, IN 46804
vceder at canterburyschool.org; 260-436-0746; FAX: 260-436-5137
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