September 2018

The Back to School Issue


Hello Teachers with GUTS,
We hope your school year has started out smoothly!  Thanks again for your commitment to learn and offer Project GUTS activities in your classrooms. We'd love to hear from you so don't be shy, drop us a line on the discussion page or via email to

Welcome the New TwiG team members!

The TwiG research team has expanded to include field investigation teams in Richmond VA, Santa Fe and Albuquerque NM!  The new team members are Patty Meyer, Mary Sagartz, Su Gibbs, Paige Prescott, Bryan Wallace, Kristen Weidle and Brenda Conway.  The team members will be out "in the field" observing teachers as they teach the Project GUTS CS in Science curriculum in their classrooms. A big thank you to the GUTSy teachers for enabling us to better understand the supports needed and barriers encountered when implementing our curriculum.

We also have a new student intern, Willie Fong, working with us at MIT.  Willie was one of our first Project GUTS students back in 2007.  He's now developing tools and techniques to help us better understand where and how StarLogo Nova is being used.

September 22nd Webinar

We are kicking off the school year with a new set of webinars.  Each webinar will offer helpful tips and skill building practice in StarLogo Nova to support your implementation of the Project GUTS CS in Science curriculum.  This month please join us on Saturday September 22nd, at 1pm Eastern to learn more about troubleshooting and debugging in StarLogo Nova.  We'll be hosting the webinar as a Zoom conference. Join us at - you'll also need to be logged in to the website.

The dates and topics of the future webinars are:
  • September 22, 2018 – Troubleshooting & Debugging
  • October 20, 2018 – Facilitating Students' Debugging
  • December 15, 2018 – to be announced
  • January 19, 2019 – to be announced
  • March 23, 2019 – to be announced
  • April 20, 2019 – to be announced

StarLogo Nova reaches 100K !!!  

StarLogo Nova has crossed a big threshold - we now have over 100,000 users!  The new build, StarLogo Nova 2.0, has been quite stable and it is now being used around the world!  Congratulations to Daniel Wendel, Lisa Stump and the rest of the StarLogo Nova development team.

Congratulations to Santa Fe Public Schools

Santa Fe Public Schools became the first New Mexico school district to adopt a resolution to develop a comprehensive, district-wide CS program for K-12 schools. The district will allocate $250,000 for the CS Education Initiative, which includes money for teacher professional development.
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