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Learning to program with MATLAB: GUI Tools Workshop


University of Notre Dame, June 24-28, 2013

Participants:          The workshop is for teachers in high school and first-year college engineering and science. We are looking to attract experienced high-quality teachers who are technology leaders in their school and who influence curricular decisions. There will be a limit of 20 attendees. Applications will be accepted online. Prof. Craig Lent will lead the workshop and Dr. Thomas Loughran will be the administrator.


Workshop goal:     Participants will learn the basics of the GUI Tools approach. The workshop will be a tutorial on MATLAB programming, model construction, and graphical user interface design. 


Sponsors:              The University of Notre Dame, Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Trinity Schools, Inc., the National Science Foundation,   and The MathWorks, Inc.


Date and venue:    The five-day workshop will be held M-F, June 24-28, 2013, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in the new Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering.

Lodging:                Participants will stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, Notre Dame.


Transportation:     Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.


Stipend:                 Lodging and meals will be provided. In addition, participants will receive a stipend of $1000 upon completing the one-week course.

The University of Notre Dame and Trinity High School have pioneered an approach to teaching introductory computer programming using MATLAB. The MATLAB GUI Tools curriculum teaches students to build computational models with a graphical user interface (sliders, buttons, graphs, etc.). Students learn to program in a serious yet friendly language and find the visual approach to GUI tool creation engaging and fun.

This curriculum has been in use for all first-year engineering students at Notre Dame for the past three years. Trinity School has used the curriculum at its three campuses for the past six years. Every high school junior at the schools learns to program in MATLAB and construct GUI tools for modeling physics and mathematics.

Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2013.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by February 4, 2013.

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