A teaspoon of computing in every subject: Broadening participation in computer science

Reading Time: 6 minutes From May to November 2022, our seminars focus on the theme of cross-disciplinary computing. Through this seminar series, we want to explore the intersections and interactions of computing with all aspects of learning and life, and think about how they can help us teach young people. We were delighted to welcome Prof. Mark Guzdial (University…… Continue reading A teaspoon of computing in every subject: Broadening participation in computer science

Celebrate Scratch Week with us

Reading Time: 3 minutes Scratch Week is a global celebration of Scratch that takes place from 15 to 21 May this year. Below, we’ve put together some free resources to help get kids coding with this easy-to-use, block-based programming language. If you’re not sure what Scratch is, check out our introduction video for parents. Visit Scratch Island on Code Club…… Continue reading Celebrate Scratch Week with us

Teaching with Raspberry Pi Pico in the computing classroom

Reading Time: 6 minutes Raspberry Pi Pico is a low-cost microcontroller that can be connected to another computer to be programmed using MicroPython. We think it’s a great tool for exploring physical computing in classrooms and coding clubs. Pico has been available since last year, amid school closures, reopenings, isolation periods, and restrictions for students and teachers. Recently, I…… Continue reading Teaching with Raspberry Pi Pico in the computing classroom

Get kids coding and learning electronics with Raspberry Pi Pico

Reading Time: 7 minutes Since the release of the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller in 2021, we have seen people all over the world come up with creative Pico-based inventions. The Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller. Now, thanks to our brand-new and free ‘Introduction to Raspberry Pi Pico’ learning path, young coders can easily join in and make their own cool…… Continue reading Get kids coding and learning electronics with Raspberry Pi Pico

A storytelling approach for engaging girls in the Computing classroom: Pilot study results

Reading Time: 7 minutes We’ve been running the Gender Balance in Computing programme of research since 2019, as part of the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) and with various partners. It’s a £2.4 million research programme funded by the Department for Education in England that aims to identify ways to encourage more girls and young women to engage…… Continue reading A storytelling approach for engaging girls in the Computing classroom: Pilot study results

299 experiments from young people run on the ISS in Astro Pi Mission Space Lab 2021/22

Reading Time: 6 minutes We and our partners at ESA Education are excited to announce that 299 teams have achieved flight status in Mission Space Lab of the 2021/22 European Astro Pi Challenge. This means that these young people’s programs are the first ever to run on the two upgraded Astro Pi units on board the International Space Station…… Continue reading 299 experiments from young people run on the ISS in Astro Pi Mission Space Lab 2021/22

A cybersecurity club for girls | Hello World #18

Reading Time: 5 minutes In this article adapted from Hello World issue 18, teacher Babak Ebrahim explains how his school uses a cybersecurity club to increase interest in Computing among girls. Babak is a Computer Science and Mathematics teacher at Bishop Challoner Catholic College Secondary in Birmingham, UK. He is a CAS Community Leader, and works as a CS…… Continue reading A cybersecurity club for girls | Hello World #18

AI literacy research: Children and families working together around smart devices

Reading Time: 6 minutes Between September 2021 and March 2022, we’ve been partnering with The Alan Turing Institute to host a series of free research seminars about how to young people about AI and data science. In the final seminar of the series, we were excited to hear from Stefania Druga from the University of Washington, who presented on…… Continue reading AI literacy research: Children and families working together around smart devices

Python coding for kids: Moving beyond the basics

Reading Time: 7 minutes We are excited to announce our second new Python learning path, ‘More Python’, which shows young coders how to add real data to their programs while creating projects from a chart of Olympic medals to an interactive world map. The six guided Python projects in this free learning path are designed to enable young people…… Continue reading Python coding for kids: Moving beyond the basics

Three new reasons to register for Coolest Projects Global 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes Over the last ten years, thousands of young people from all over the world have shared their digital creations at a Coolest Projects event. This year, there are a few brand-new and exciting reasons why young people will want to get involved in Coolest Projects Global online tech showcase and share their tech creations in…… Continue reading Three new reasons to register for Coolest Projects Global 2022

Exploring cross-disciplinary computing education in our new seminar series

Reading Time: 5 minutes We are delighted to launch our next series of free online seminars, this time on the topic of cross-disciplinary computing, running monthly from May to November 2022. As always, our seminars are for all researchers, educators, and anyone else interested in research related to computing education. Crossing disciplinary boundaries What do we mean by cross-disciplinary…… Continue reading Exploring cross-disciplinary computing education in our new seminar series

Making the most of Hello World magazine | Hello World #18

Reading Time: 9 minutes Hello World magazine, our free magazine written by computing educators for computing educators, has been running for 5 years now. In the newest issue, Alan O’Donohoe shares his top tips for educators to make the most out of Hello World. Alan has over 20 years’ experience teaching and leading technology, ICT, and computing in schools…… Continue reading Making the most of Hello World magazine | Hello World #18

Code Club in Wales with translations, teacher training and a country-wide codealong

Reading Time: 4 minutes Since the inception of Code Club in 2012, teachers in Wales have been part of the Code Club community, running extracurricular Code Club sessions for learners in their schools. As of late 2021, there are 84 active clubs in Wales. With our new Code Club Community Coordinator for Wales, Sarah Eve Roberts, on board, we…… Continue reading Code Club in Wales with translations, teacher training and a country-wide codealong

170 research papers about teaching programming, summarised

Reading Time: 3 minutes Computer programming is now part of the school curriculum in England and many other countries. Although not necessarily the primary focus of the computing curriculum, programming can be the area teachers find most challenging to teach. There is much evidence emerging from research on how to teach programming, particularly from projects with undergraduate learners. That’s…… Continue reading 170 research papers about teaching programming, summarised

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