The Experience Programming in Quorum (EPIQ) Workshop is an international professional development workshop for educators to learn the foundational skills necessary to teach students computer science using the Quorum programming language. Click on the Sign up form if you would like to apply.
Quorum is a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) based programming language that was invented by Dr. Andreas Stefik and others. Check the primary Quorum Website for more information.
Any educator (K-12 or post-secondary) with an interest in learning about an exciting, fully-accessible programming language and how to teach it to ALL students, including students with visual impairments and blindness can attend. We do open the workshop to others, but generally give priority to educators.
During the week, you will learn computer programming while working through the student curriculum. You will be provided direct instruction in the programming activities and will also be given resources to implement the curriculum with your students.
We believe that all students can learn to program. This program is accessible to all students. Quorum has been designed and evaluated in scientific, peer-reviewed, studies , providing evidence of its ease of use. Given it is also based on the commercial-scale Java Virtual Machine, a wide variety of commercial applications can be built with the technology (e.g., games, websites). Quorum also has built-in accessibility for students with disabilities, particularly those with visual impairments and blindness.
The EPIQ Workshop is held on the campus of the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, WA.
This year, the dates are: July 17-23, 2014
Breakfast and lunch are provided by the WSSB and provided in the school’s cafeteria. The food is not your “typical” school food and special diets are accommodated.
Vancouver, WA is on the border with Oregon and literally “across the river” from Portland. Air travel is easy in and out of the Portland International Airport. At this time, we are securing funds to provide a select number of applicants with stipends to help cover travel costs. However, stipends are not unlimited and we will base the number we provide on available funding.
Transportation to and from the airport will be provided by the workshop. The workshop organizers will attempt to provide transportation around the area for dinners, trips to the stores, etc. However, individuals are welcome to rent a car or drive their own cars. Free parking is available.
You will work with leading professionals on learning how to program in Quorum while working through the curriculum that you would use with your students. Your presenters will include the inventor of the language, Dr. Andreas Stefik, along with other leading professionals. Days typically start around 8:00am (breakfast) and end around 4:00pm each day. We provide ample breaks and a sizable lunch break.
That is your choice! You can plan a trip with fellow travelers and go see the local sights. Or, go explore the local cuisine in the Vancouver/Portland area. Or, order a pizza, sit in the living room, and relax with friends. Portland is a cool town, so lots of potential activities are available.
This year, we are planning a day-trip to some local sites as part of the workshop. Plan to enjoy visiting a piece of the beautiful Northwest!
July is a wonderful time to be in this area of the country. The highs are around 80 with lows in the mid-50s. It is typically sunny and the area is lovely with its flowers blooming all around. Portland is known as the “Rose City” for a reason!
Did we mention that during this time you will be introduced to wonderful fellow educators from around the world? For teachers of the visually impaired (TVIs), this is an opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded people all working to provide their students with excellent learning opportunities.
Apply! The applications will be processed and reviewed by the EPIQ organizers. Depending on funding levels, we will invite as many participants as possible. However, travel honorariums are based upon funding amounts and applicant qualifications.