[python-uk] Fwd: Re: URGENT: Volunteers for teacher collaboration please... :-)

Tim Golden mail at timgolden.me.uk
Wed Feb 17 05:17:50 EST 2016

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From: Anubhav Yadav <anubhav1691 at gmail.com>
To: python-list at python.org <Python-list at python.org>

I met @ntoll at an event in India. It was refreshing to see his passion for
teaching kids about programming and python. I would have loved to be there,
but I don't reside in the UK. Nevertheless, just replying to wish you guys
all the best.

On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 2:50 PM, Tim Golden <mail at timgolden.me.uk> wrote:

> [Forwarding an email from python-uk in the hope that UK-based
> Pythonistas might see it here who don't hang out there...]
> From: Nicholas H.Tollervey <ntoll at ntoll.org>
> Reply-To: UK Python Users <python-uk at python.org>
> To: UK Python Users <python-uk at python.org>
> Hi Folks,
> I realise I must sound like a stuck record about this sort of thing -
> please accept my sincere apologies.
> TL;DR: I need volunteers from around the country to support a twilight
> meetup of teachers happening in various parts of the UK. It's not
> difficult and likely to be a lot of fun and will only take a few hours
> of your time in the early evening of a single day. I may be able to
> cover travel expenses. Please get in touch. More detail below...
> Computing at School (see: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/), a grass
> roots movement of computing teachers in the UK would like to run a
> series of training courses for "Master Teachers" in MicroPython on the
> BBC micro:bit during March. These teachers would go on to act as the
> seed / catalyst for other teachers who require Python training during a
> series of training events over the summer. Put simply, this is an
> exercise in Python evangelism for teachers.
> Master teachers are those who have demonstrated a combination of deep
> subject knowledge and teaching skill. Put simply, they're the most
> senior teachers you can get. They're also the leaders in the field and
> what they say or do influences many hundreds of their colleagues.
> The idea is for the master teachers to get together with Python
> developers (that'd be *you*) for a few hours to work through MicroPython
> related educational resources. These events would happen at university
> based hubs around the country. As a Python developer you'll *get a BBC
> micro:bit* and be expected to offer advice, answer questions and
> demonstrate Python as needed. Honestly, it's not an onerous task and
> will only last a few hours in a "twilight" session (i.e. after work).
> The locations and proposed dates are as follows:
> London: 25th February
> Birmingham: 9th March
> Nottingham: 15th March
> Lancaster: 16th March
> Newcastle: 17th March
> Hertfordshire: 21st March
> Manchester: 23rd March
> Southampton: 23rd March
> It's easy for UK Python to be very London-centric. This is an
> opportunity for Pythonistas throughout the UK to step up and get involved.
> Why should you volunteer a few hours of your time to help teachers? Need
> you ask? Your help and influence will ultimately contribute to the
> education of the next generation of programmers - your future
> colleagues. It's a way to give back to the community by fostering the
> next generation of Pythonistas with the help of the CAS Master Teachers.
> It's also, from a moral point of view, simply a selfless and
> unambiguously good thing to do.
> If you're thinking "oh, they won't want me", then YOU ARE EXACTLY THE
> PERSON WE NEED! Your experience, perspective and knowledge is invaluable
> and teachers need to hear from you. Rest assured, this will not be a
> difficult or high-pressure activity. In fact, it's likely to be a lot of
> fun.
> Remember that awesome person who mentored you and/or gave you a step up?
> Now's your chance to be that person for a group of master teachers.
> If this is of interest to you, please get in touch ASAP and I can start
> to coordinate things with CAS.
> I'm going to put in a grant request to the PSF to see if we can cover
> travel costs for developers. But there's no guarantee this will come about.
> Best wishes,
> N.
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Anubhav Yadav
KPIT Technologies,

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