"We want our children to understand and play an active role in the digital world that surrounds them, not to be passive consumers of an opaque and mysterious technology...In a world suffused by computation, every school-leaver should have an understanding of computing."
- Computer Science: A Curriculum for Schools (March 2012)
"There are simply not enough teachers with sufficient subject knowledge and understanding to deliver a rigorous Computer Science and Information Technology curriculum in every school at present."
"Surprisingly, despite the near-ubiquity of computer technology, there is now a dwindling interest in studying Computing at school."
- Shut down or restart? The way forward for computing in UK schools (January 2012)
CPD Courses and Workshops
We can provide tailor made CPD courses and interactive workshops for teachers and educational professionals on a wide range of STEM areas such as computing, robotics and engineering. We have knowledge and experience of many of the commonly used education platforms within these subject areas (e.g. Arduino, micro:bit, Raspberry Pi).
These courses are developed and delivered by an experienced professional Engineer and STEM Ambassador with a real passion for engineering and technology, supported by a fully qualified secondary school teacher.
Sample Course - micro:bit 1-day introduction
This sample course is provided to give an idea of potential course content - please contact us to discuss your course requirements. All courses can be tailored to suit differing levels of experience/knowledge.
The BBC micro:bit is the microcontroller being given to every year 7 pupil across by the BBC and its partners. During this 1-day CPD course, delegates will get an introduction to the micro:bit, hands-on experience of writing programs for it and learn how to interface it with the physical world. The course will arm you to deliver engaging lessons using the micro:bit for the new computing curriculum and is delivered by a professional software & electronics engineer.At the end of this course, delegates will:
- Understand the features and capabilities of the micro:bit and how to interface it with the physical world using sensors & actuators
- Get hands-on experience of programming the micro:bit from a professional software engineer
- Discover a wide range of cross-curricula classroom projects and lesson activities using the micro:bit
- Feel more confident in delivering computer science education according to the new national curriculum for computing
|09:30-10:30||Introduction to the micro:bit||(1 hour)|
|10:45-12:00||Session (Hardware)||(1 hour 15 mins)|
|12:45-14:00||Session (Setup & Coding)||(1 hour 15 mins)|
|14:15-15:30||Session (Coding)||(1 hour 15 mins)|
|15:30-16:00||Classroom Project Ideas||(30 mins)|
|16:00-16:15||Available Support||(15 mins)|
Sam Sharp - Managing Director and Course Developer
Sam graduated with a Masters of Engineering in Mechatronics and has been working in industry for over 6 years as a software/electronics/controls engineer in sectors such as defence, hydrogen fuel cells and aerospace. He is a registered STEM Ambassador and a keen hobbyist when it comes to all things to do with computing and electronics.
Jo - Education Specialist
Jo has taught for over 15 years and is currently head of the Art department at a secondary school in Rugby. Her valuable teaching experience allows the courses to be tailored at the correct level, in line with the current curriculum requirements and act as the link between the education system and industry.