Coding & STEM 4 Schools | CS4S
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.
2021 Coding & STEM Workshops
In 2021, the Newcastle CS4S team will run two 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 (in Week 7, Term 3)
· UCL ScratchMaths advanced (in Week 2, Term 4)
For more information about each of the programs, please see the Program Details 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 workshops by completing this online form.
If you have any questions about the 2021 CS4S workshops, please contact Elena Prieto.
To find out more about each of the 2021 CS4S programs, click the headings below.
UCL ScratchMaths (in Week 7, Term 3)
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 3 of 2021 (Week 7). 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.
UCL ScratchMaths advanced (in Week 2, Term 4)
If you enjoyed our Term 3 UCL ScratchMaths workshop, or have previous experience with the materials, this is the workshop for you! The program’s activities also 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. Unfortunately at this stage we cannot provide NESA accredited PD for it (we may by Term 4, though!) but you can help you map it as Elective PD in eTAMS.
School of Education
Program Convenor Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics)
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Mrs Jess Bowman
Tighes Hill Public School
Stage 3 teacher and IT coordinator
Mrs Rebecca Welsh
Tighes Hill Public School
Stage 3 teacher
Mr Daniel Hickmott
University of Sydney
Former CS4S Project Officer
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