The University of Newcastle, Australia

Teacher Professional Development

Digital Technologies: Computational Thinking, Coding, Robotics

SMART offers introductory digital technologies and computer science workshops for teachers, exploring computational thinking, coding, and robotics activities.

Thanks to funding support from Google's Educator PD Grants program, in second half of 2020 and in early Term 1 2021, SMART will offer up to six FREE workshops for teachers.

Workshops will be offered in Newcastle, on the Central Coast, and in the NSW Mid North Coast. Please email SMART at to express interest in receiving updates on workshops in your region.

Inquiries are welcome for delivery of in-service training. Workshop content can be tailored to meet your school's needs, and can be delivered as a full-day or after-school session.

Workshop options include: unplugged (no devices) computational thinking activities, Lego EV3 Mindstorm robotics, Scratch or Scratch Junior, BBC micro:bits, Sphero BOLT robotics, Edison robots and Bee-bots.

Little Scientists STEM Workshops

SMART are a Little Scientists Local Network Partner, and our team are trained to deliver Little Scientists STEM workshops, NESA accredited at Proficient Teacher Level. Each workshop counts as 5 hours and 30 minutes of professional development.

Little Scientists workshops focus on planning and implementing enjoyable, inquiry-based STEM learning activities for children aged 3-6 years. Workshops have a focus on early childhood pedagogy and strong links to the EYLF. In our experience, workshop content also aligns well with the Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 outcomes of the NSW Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus.

SMART aim to offer Little Scientists workshops in Newcastle and on the Central Coast in the second half of 2020. Please email SMART at to express interest in receiving updates on workshop dates, or to request a workshop topic (available topics in 2020: Mathematics, Water, Air, Computer Science, Human Body, Chemical Reactions,  Design & Technologies).

Inquiries are welcome for delivery of in-service training. Little Scientists STEM workshops can be delivered as a full-day session, or, be split across two evening sessions to best suit your team's needs.