We had our first lecture and lab session yesterday. From 4-6PM we introduced the students to the course curriculum, taught them a few things about the internet (thank you http://www.kpcb.com/ for your excellent Internet Trends report), followed by an introduction to Python. Every instructor engaged the students both in class and during the lab from 6-9PM.
During the lab period, we realized that most restaurants are closed by 6PM so this is something we'll have to look into. It would be great to arrange for some sort of catering.
We were delighted to see the level of competence from the 25 students. By 9PM, almost everyone had completed the assignment and had left the lab. Clearly writing a simple cypher in Python was no match for them ;-)
Pictures will be coming up soon!