Computer Science Workshops for Schools | CS4S
This year the University of Newcastle will be holding two Computer Science workshops for school teachers. The aim of these workshops is to provide professional development to Primary and Secondary school teachers to help them inspire the next generation of computer scientists. Our workshops align with the new Digital Technologies curriculum, and are accredited by BOSTES.
Both of the workshops will include:
- Background information on Computer Science basics, tools and trends
- Tours of Computer Science researchers' laboratories
- Examples of the applications of Computer Science to significant real world problems
- Up-to-date information on the employment opportunities in the field
- Hands-on activities to demonstrate the applications of Computer Science
The two workshops being held at the University of Newcastle are:
- Advanced (13th and 14th of July)
- Introductory (16th and 17th Of November)
In-service and pre-service High School teachers are encouraged to attend either the Advanced or Introductory workshop, depending on their Computer Science or programming experience. In-service and pre-service Primary School teachers, and Careers Advisors are invited to attend the Introductory workshop in November.
13th & 14th of July
The Advanced CS4S workshop will be held at the University of Newcastle on the 13th and 14th of July 2015. This workshop is suitable for in-service and pre-service High School IT, TAS, Software Design and Development, Maths and Science teachers who have had some experience in Computer Science or programming. Participants of the CS4HS workshops in 2013 or 2014 are encouraged to come to this workshop.
The Advanced workshop will involve the following activities:
- Data-Mining with Python
- Building dynamic websites with modern web technologies
- Solving real-world problems with Mobile Applications
16th & 17th November 2015
The Introductory CS4S workshop will be held at the University of Newcastle on the 16th and 17th of November. This workshop is suitable for in-service and pre-service High School and Primary School teachers who have little or no experience in Computer Science or programming. Career Advisors are also encouraged to participate in this workshop.
The Introductory workshop will include the following activities:
- Hands-on sessions with Robots
- Introduction to the Hour of Code
- Problem-solving exercises suitable for Primary School students
- Building Mobile Apps with AppInventor
Registration for the Introductory workshop will open later in the year, and in this case, we have a limited amount of teaching relief scholarships that can be provided to schools to assist with costs associated with teachers attending the two days. Watch this space for more information.
How to get involved
If you would like more information about the workshops or to express your interest in being involved, please contact Daniel Hickmott.
Dr Elena Prieto
School of Education
Program Convenor Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics)
Deputy Program Convenor Master of Educational Studies (Maths cohort)
Associate Professor Regina Berretta
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Head of Computer Science and Software Engineering Discipline
Researcher at the Priority Research Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information Based Medicine
Mr Andrew Lyell
School of Education
Deputy Program Convenor Bachelor of Teaching (Technology)
Mr Daniel Hickmott
CS4S Project Officer