Coding & STEM 4 Schools | CS4S

About

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

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

To keep up to date with the professional learning 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 professional learning programs or research, please contact Elena Prieto.

2020 Coding & STEM Workshops

In 2020, the Newcastle CS4S team will run four different professional learning programs, free for teachers to attend, at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus. These programs will be accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The programs are:

  • UCL ScratchMaths (during Term 4)
  • Coding Hubs for ScratchMaths (Term 4 2020 and Term 1 2021)

For more information about each of the programs, please see the Program Details section below.

For some quick guidance about which of the programs you would be suited to attend, see the Which Program/s Should I Participate in? section below.

All of the programs are focused on developing competencies included in the Digital Technologies learning area of the national Australian Curriculum and the capabilities outlined in the NESA's Digital Technologies and ICT Resources Guide. The CS4S workshops have been developed in partnership with Google.

You can register for the UCL ScratchMaths workshop by completing this online form.  We have not opened registration for the Coding Hubs for ScratchMaths yet. However, you can express your interest in participating in those workshops by completing this form here and we will contact you once registration for these programs open.

If you have any questions about the 2020 CS4S workshops, please contact Elena Prieto.

Which Program/s Should I Participate in?

The details of each program are explained in the Program Details section below, but we have also included a quick explanation of the programs we recommend that you attend here.

  • If you are interested in teaching mathematics in an engaging way, and would like to see how coding can be used to support its learning, UCL ScratchMaths is for you! This workshop is open to Stage 2, 3 or 4 teachers with a few years of experience teaching with Scratch or experience teaching Coding and a passion for sharing their knowledge with peers. It will be held in our Callaghan campus.
  • If you have little experience teaching Coding, or you would like to learn about teaching Scratch integrated with maths at our Callaghan campus or at a local school, you should check out the Coding Hubs for ScratchMaths workshops.

Program Details

To find out more about each of the 2020 CS4S programs, click the headings below.

Term 4 – Week 2, 2020

If you are interested in teaching mathematics in an engaging way, and would like to see how coding can be used to support its learning, UCL ScratchMaths is for you. This program focuses on using Scratch 3 for teaching Coding integrated with Mathematics, and is designed for teachers who would like to take what they learn and help other teachers develop their knowledge… with our support, of course!

The program is best suited for Stage 3 teachers that are implementing the Science and Technology or Mathematics K-6 syllabus. However, the resources provided can be easily adapted to Stages 2 and 4. In the case of Stage 4, it could be used both within Mathematics or the Coding component of Tech Mandatory. The program’s activities come from the University College London (UK) and can be easily adapted for varying levels of Coding experience. We have mapped the activities to outcomes of different K-6 Key Learning Areas (including both Science and Mathematics), as well as the relevant AITSL Teacher Standards, ACARA General Capabilities and ACARA Digital Technologies content descriptors.

The UCL ScratchMaths program will run over 2 full days during Term 4 of 2020 (Week 2). The program will be delivered as an interactive workshop at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus. The program will be accredited with NESA for 12 hours for the following teaching standards at the Proficient level: 2.1.2, 2.6.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 4.5.2, 6.2.2 and 6.4.2.

Term 4, 2020 and Term 1, 2021

If you have little experience teaching Coding, or you would like to learn about teaching Scratch integrated with maths, you should check out the Coding Hubs for ScratchMathsworkshops.

Like UCL ScratchMaths, Coding Hubs is best suited for Stage 3 teachers that are implementing the Science and Technology or Mathematics K-6 syllabus. However, the resources provided can be easily adapted to Stages 2 and 4. The program’s activities come from the University College London (UK) and can be easily adapted for varying levels of Coding experience.

Unlike UCL ScratchMaths, Coding Hubs will be delivered by teachers who have used ScratchMaths before… with our support. The workshops will be shorter (2 hours) and will be delivered either on our Callaghan campus or at local schools (you can choose). We are also considering the option to complete some of the workshops online.

We have mapped the activities to outcomes of different K-6 Key Learning Areas (including both Science and Mathematics), as well as the relevant AITSL Teacher Standards, ACARA General Capabilities and ACARA Digital Technologies content descriptors. Each workshop will be accredited with NESA for 2 hours for the following teaching standards, at the Proficient level: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 7.4.

People

Associate Professor Elena Prieto

School of Education
Program Convenor Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics)
Elena.Prieto@newcastle.edu.au


Professor Regina Berretta

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Regina.Berretta@newcastle.edu.au


Mrs Jess Bowman

Tighes Hill Public School
Stage 3 teacher and IT coordinator
Jess.Bowman1@det.nsw.edu.au


Mrs Rebecca Welsh

Tighes Hill Public School
Stage 3 teacher
Rebecca.Welsh8@det.nsw.edu.au


Mr Daniel Hickmott

University of Sydney
Former CS4S Project Officer
daniel.hickmott@sydney.edu.au