UON invites career advisors, mathematics, IT and science teachers to take part in free computer science workshops.

Computer Science Workshops for Schools | CS4S

Computer Science for Teachers


The University of Newcastle Computer Science 4 Schools (CS4S) team provides professional development opportunities for, and conducts research into, the teaching and learning of Computer Science in primary and secondary schools. The focus areas of the professional development opportunities and research run by the CS4S team are:

  • The implementation of the Digital Technologies learning area of the national Australian Curriculum
  • Coding and Computational Thinking in K-12
  • Integrating Coding with different K-12 subjects (such as Mathematics)

To keep up to date with the professional development opportunities being offered by the CS4S team, please register for the University of Newcastle CS4S Mailing List. If you have any enquiries about the CS4S workshops or research, please contact Daniel Hickmott.

2017 Workshops

The 2017 CS4S workshops are free 2-day professional development workshops for in-service and pre-service teachers, and career advisors that involve the following:

  • An introduction to Computational Thinking
  • Hands-on Coding activities with a variety of tools and technologies, including: Scratch, LEGO Mindstorms and AppInventor
  • Examples of the applications of Computer Science in research and industry
  • Presentations from educators that have integrated Computer Science and STEM activities into their classrooms

The workshops are focused on developing competencies included in the Digital Technologies learning area of the national Australian Curriculum, and are accredited by NESA.

The workshops are suitable for in-service and pre-service teachers, both at primary and secondary level. There is no assumed knowledge of computer science or programming required for participation.

2017 Primary School Workshop

The Primary School workshop will be run on the 5th and 6th of June 2017. You can register for the 2017 Primary School workshop here. If you are a Primary School teacher, please have your NESA/BOSTES number ready before registering. All teachers that participate in this workshop, including pre-service and casual teachers, will receive a signed certificate of completion at the end of the 2 days.

The workshop is free for all teachers. We are also able to provide a limited number of subsidies to help your school cover teaching relief costs. To apply for one of these subsidies, please ask your principal to nominate you by emailing Daniel Hickmott the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address

2017 High School Workshop

The dates for the 2017 High School workshop have not been finalised yet. To be notified once the dates for the High School workshop are decided and registration has opened, please register for the University of Newcastle CS4S Mailing List.


If you have any enquiries, 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