Our second free workshop of the year with Prof Paul Curzon will also be a brand new one. “Interdisciplinary Computational Thinking through Modelling” takes place on Monday 26 January from 5.30pm at Queen Mary University of London.
These workshops are aimed at Computing teachers in London and demonstrate a number of ways that teachers might introduce computational thinking and computer programming topics into the classroom, as such a workshop is not a ‘show’ (not suitable for pupils for example) and there will probably be some audience participation.
There is also another workshop, Computational Thinking: Searching to Speak, running the week before on Monday 19 January at 5.30 to 7pm at QMUL.
Next workshop: Interdisciplinary Computational Thinking through Modelling
Monday 26 January 2015, 5.30pm, at QMUL
Interdisciplinary Computational Thinking through Modelling
Monday 26 January 2015, 5.30pm to 7pm
Nearest tube: Stepney Green, Mile End also close by
Buses: 25 and 205 to ‘Ocean Estate
For full details of the workshop and to download some accompanying free classroom resources please take a look at the workshop’s page: Interdisciplinary Computational Thinking through Modelling
Is computational thinking just for computer scientists? Actually no. It has already revolutionised the way scientists, mathematicians and many others do their jobs.
Computing has changed the way science is done not just because of the availability of more powerful computers, but because it has given scientists a whole new toolset for thinking. In particular algorithmic thinking gives a new way of doing science. We will use cs4fn activities, games and magic tricks to illustrate how computational modelling can be used both to do and learn about other subjects. We will also use a magic trick to show how algebra plays an important role in logical thinking for computer scientists.
This session will cover:
- How Computational Thinking supports other subjects.
- What is computational modelling and how does it link to algorithmic thinking?
- How interdisciplinary Computational Thinking can be used to teach topics in Biology, Physics and Mathematics in a powerful and fun way.
Activities are suitable for all age groups and can be adapted to fit your teaching needs.
Paul Curzon is a Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. He runs the cs4fn ‘Computer Science for Fun’ (cs4fn) project, www.cs4fn.org. It aims to inspire school students about computer science through a series of free magazines, website and school shows. He regularly gives such shows around the UK as well as continuous professional development talks to teachers about the cs4fn approach to teaching. He is Director of the Teaching London Computing Project. He was made a UK National Teaching Fellow in 2010 in recognition of his excellence in teaching and outreach, was a finalist in the 2009 Times Higher Education Innovative Teacher of the year award and has twice won the student nominated Queen Mary award for excellence in teaching.