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Turtle Talk
Volume 12, Number 1
Back to School 2016
Greetings!
Welcome to the Back to School 2016 issue of Turtle Talk, the Terrapin newsletter. 
Back to School: 20% off all printed mats!
The Go Cart Rally Mat and all printed mats are 20% off through October 31.
To celebrate the start of school, Terrapin is offering 20% discount on all printed mats.  This includes skills and narrative mats for Bee-Bot and Blue-Bot along with the Pro-Bot Route Mat.

Check out the Go Cart Rally Mat, Terrapin's newest Bee-Bot/Blue-Bot mat. Hear the crowds cheer when you race Bee-Bot or Blue-Bot around the track. With its many twists and turns, the Go Cart Rally Mat encourages longer programs and is an excellent tool for teaching directions and sequencing.

20% off mat sale extends until October 31.
Stock up now!  
  
 Take advantage of the 20% discount...
Never Too Young to Code
School Library Journal, the premiere publication for librarians and information specialists who work with children and teens, recently published Never Too Young to Code, in which they consider the learning benefits and best practices for coding with children as young as three years old.

Three olds learning to code with Bee Bots
Cook preschool teacher Lisa Dickinson uses Bee-Bots to engage three-year-olds in directional programming.

Coding brings young children rich opportunities for language development and the "notion of learning from mistakes," says Chip Donohue, the Dean of Distance Learning at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, a graduate school in child development. "We actually don't do enough of that with young kids." Sequencing and patterns involved in programming reinforce skills that have always been taught in the early years, but now also create "habits of mind that are essential for the 21st century," he adds.

Seymour Papert, Logo Creator, Dies at 88
Seymour Papert (1928-2016)
Everyone at Terrapin was saddened to learn that Logo creator Seymour Papert died July 31 at age 88.  For 30 years, Terrapin has published Terrapin Logo, an evolving programming environment based on the original philosophy and implementation developed and popularized by Prof. Papert.  His ideas and insights live on in the products he inspired and the millions of students and teachers whose creativity was sparked by his influence.

Papert's theories of learning and development revolutionized how children are taught, particularly in the area of technology, and continue to impact classrooms across the world today. Logo, the first computer language designed for children, enabled them to program a "turtle," the on-screen partner of programmable robots such as Bee-Bot. Papert said "the child programs the computer and, in doing so, both acquires a sense of mastery over a piece of the most modern and powerful technology and establishes an intimate contact with some of the deepest ideas from science, from mathematics, and from the art of intellectual model building."
  
In This Issue
MassCUE
MassCUE 2016
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA
October 19-20

See and try Terrapin products in
Booth # 229.

Did you use or plan to use Terrapin products during Hour of Code?

We'd like to hear from you! We receive many requests for Hour of Code projects and will share submissions with other educators.

Submit a description and any accompanying photos or files here.
Blue Connection

The Blue Connecton offers a concrete, hands-on experience in remote control by
combining a Blue-Bot and TacTile Reader at a substantial discount.

The Blue Connection joins a growing list of discounted bundles that combine popular groups of products.
PlayDate Los Angeles
Try Blue-Bot in the robot playground at PlayDate Los Angeles, a free hands-on conference to be held on Sept. 17 at National University's Los Angeles campus.
phone: (800) 774 LOGO