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In The Loop

Got my email confirmation to attend a summer workshop at Purdue. I'm so excited! For any who really know me, the thought of spending three days with total strangers (having to make small talk and remember names) is extremely intimidating. But the idea of learning at Purdue for free, that's fabulous!

Description from the website: In the Loop is a three day summer experience for 6th-12th grade teachers. Teachers of all subjects interested in incorporating computer science concepts into their classroom are welcome to attend! Participants will be housed on campus in Hillenbrand Residence Halls.The program is sponsored by a Google CS4HS grant and the Purdue University Department of Computer Science K-12 Outreach Program.

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