Sugar DIgest 2014-09-02
Walter Bender <walter.bender <at> gmail.com>
2014-09-02 18:30:09 GMT
== Sugar Digest ==
I took the summer off from blogging, hence I have a lot to report
about the exciting progress we've made of the past three months.
First, congratulations to our ten participants in Google Summer of Code:
Project Student Mentor
Music Suite Aneesh Dogra Gonzalo Odiard
Turtle Art 3D Anubhav Jaiswal Tony Forster
Activity Unit/UI Tests Gaurav Parida Daniel Narvaez
Port to Python 3 Kunal Arora Sameer Verma
Bulletin Board Nazrul Haque Athar Walter Bender
Hack a Stuffed Animal Jade Garrett Stephen Thomas
Social Help for Sugar Prasoon Shukla Paul Cotton
Cordova for Sugar Puneet Kaur Lionel Laské
Sugar Listens Rodrigo Parra Martin Abente
Also, thank you to both Google, for once again letting us participate
in this great program and to our mentors, who gave time and attention
to the students. I am happy to say that we not only learned a great
deal, e.g., Kunal's efforts have informed us as to what we will need
to do to migrate to Python 3, but also, we have landed (or will land)
much of the work.
For example, one of the projects, Turtle Art 3D, is now available for
download from the Sugar activity portal:
2. We held a Turtle Art Day in San Antonio Texas in August as part of
Open Ed Jam, organized by Mariah Noelle Villarreal. Tip of the hat to
Ruben Rodriguéz, whose TOAST (Trisquel with Sugar) image was used in
We used USB keys donated by Nexcopy as part of their Recycle USB campaign.
3. Speaking of Turtle Art, Cynthia Solomon, Claudia Urrea, and I wrote
a paper, "(More than) Twenty Things to Do in Turtle Blocks" for the
Constructionist Conference in Vienna. We made some videos as well.
=== In the community ===
4. There will be a Youth Summit held in Montevideo September 20-23.
ANEP (National Administration of Public Education) and Sugar Labs are
organizing a World Junior Programmers Summit, a meeting among youths
from different parts of the world who are working in software
development. Taking advantage of this gathering, we are soliciting
participation by leaders of educational programs interested in the
potential that technology has on learning and in promoting meaningful
participation of students.
This event will last for four days, three days for the youth meeting,
and the fourth day for a series of strategic to discuss the current
impact and future of the Sugar learning environment. The first day of
the youth event will be open to anyone interested in joining the
community of free software developers, while the other two days will
be for those who are already actively involved in Sugar development.
Who should attend:
* Youths who have an interest in programming and / or have made
concrete contributions to the development of the Sugar learning
* Leaders interested in participating in a series of strategic
meetings to define the future of the Sugar learning environment.
Why participate in this meeting:
* To work with internationally recognized young a Python developers;
* Help define the future of the Sugar learning environment and future
generations of software for learning;
* To connect with experts, convinced of the potential of technology in
the development and learning;
* To strengthen the community of users of the Sugar learning
environment around the world.
Anyone interested in participating in this important event should
contact us immediately. ANEP has offered funding to cover the local
costs for youths to participate in this event.
Resistration is here:
=== Tech Talk ===
5. Martin Abente oversaw the release of Sugar 102 and is now gathering
feature requests for Sugar 104. Please see:
=== Sugar Labs ===
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