PyTamaro Summer Academy 2023
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Five-Day Summer Academy at the Software Institute at USI in Lugano

Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18, 2023Daily Schedule: 9:00 to 17:00, lunch included
The PyTamaro Summer Academy 2023 is History!
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We had a wonderful time working with fantastic students and teachers!

It was so much fun, we simply have to organize PyTamaro Summer Academy 2024!

  • Problem Solving

    Learn programming by decomposing graphics and recomposing them as programs.

  • Theory & Creativity

    Experience the sound theoretical foundations of programming combined with the unbounded creativity and playfulness of computer graphics.

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    Python & PyTamaro

    Use the most prevalent programming language, Python, and the greatest (we think) educational graphics library, PyTamaro.

MultilingualDeutsch ∙ Italiano ∙ English

The PyTamaro library currently supports German, Italian, and English. In this summer academy we spoke them all. Participants learned to program in their native language!

Teachers & StudentsLearn Together

Programming is a collaborative activity. Teachers and students teamed up to solve a challenges and learn with and from each other. From 12 to 60 years, we had it all!

Learning and FunMinds that Match our Mountains

The summer academy took place at USI in Lugano, but we also explored the beautiful surroundings. Yes, we discovered PyTamaro. But also Monte Tamaro!

Programming: Deep like Mathematics, Creative like Art

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Theoretical FoundationsConnect to Algebra and Logic

The contents is informed by concepts from algebra you might know from middle school, all the way to abstract algebra and logic one would learn at university.

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Creativity & Playfulness(De)Compose Art, Design, and Games

Starting with the composition of simple geometric shapes, we will end up composing graphics inspired by contemporary art, design, and game design.


The 2023 PyTamaro Summer Academy was brought to you by the Lugano Computing Education Research Lab at the Software Institute of USI.

Agnese ZamboniStudent of Informatics

Agnese is studying informatics at USI, and she is contributing to PyTamaro funded by an USI Didactics Innovation grant.

Luca ChiodiniPhD Student of Informatics

Luca is leading the PyTamaro effort with the goal of making programming education interesting and effective at the same time.

Matthias HauswirthProfessor of Informatics

Matthias has been teaching programming, at university and for teacher training, for a quarter of a century, and he still loves it.

Costanza Rodriguez GavazziStudent of Informatics

Costanza is studying informatics at USI, and she is assisting in the PyTamaro Summer Academy to help you learn programming.

Davide FrovaStudent of Informatics

Davide is studying informatics at USI. He is passionate about robotics, where code meets the real world, & having fun together.

Software InstituteAward-Winning Teaching & Research

At the Software Institute at USI we discover, design, and develop new ideas that ease the conception of modern software systems.


The PyTamaro Summer Academy took place at USI, the Università della Svizzera italiana, in beautiful Lugano. The USI Campus is within walking distance from the lake and the city center. There are trains, cable cars, and gondolas up many of the nearby mountains, several of them easily reachable on foot or by public transportation.

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Lugano is full of hotels, many of them within walking distance from USI. Some examples are Hotel City, right next to campus, Hotel Lido Seegarten, at the lake front, and Hotel Zurigo Downtown and Hotel Pestalozzi, in the city center. And the Youth Hostel Lugano Savosa has a swimming pool and palm trees, and includes breakfast! Like a hotel, but unlike AirBnBs, it also includes a Ticino Ticket for free public transportation within Ticino.

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PyTamaro is a project created by the Lugano Computing Education Research Lab at the Software Institute of USI

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