Free family fun: come to @QMUL’s Festival of Communities weekend on 12 and 13 May 2018.

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The text below is from QMUL’s page on the two-day festival. Prof Paul Curzon will be have a CS4FN stall at the festival so come along and say hello.

Our main campus building is the Queen’s Building on Mile End Road next to the People’s Palace. Buses: 25 and 205, nearest tube Stepney Green (Mile End a little bit further away, but not much).

Festival Programme 2018
Sat 12 and Sun 13 May 2018
The Festival of Communities returns on 12 and 13 May 2018. Get hands on with Queen Mary research through games, sports, crafts and other activities at the Festival of Communities. [Facebook]

Over two days, you can:

  • Trek over a tooth using Virtual Reality and meet the brain scanner made of Lego.
  • Jump on a bouncy castle, or Trial a new computer game
  • Get your face painted or play a life-size game of operation
  • Encounter the women who explore harsh Arctic environments for their scientific research and marvel at the award-winning images of life all around us.
  • Play with puppets while contributing to Queen Mary research or find out if your taste buds can predict whether you will get cancer.
  • Discover how 3D printing a new set of teeth can revolutionise healthcare, or find out just how much sugar is in your favourite fizzy drinks.
  • Share your wish for Tower Hamlets in our wishing tree and test your football skills or take part in the basketball hoop challenge.
  • Discover what’s under your skin by looking at your own skin cells under a microscope, and find out who will win in the slime races.
  • Build a musical instrument out of paper or strut your stuff in Britain’s next scientist top model
  • Explore how trauma affects the body in a game of giant jenga and design the ultimate blood cell
  • Become a bioengineer for the day or go on minibeast safari

…and much more to be added!

 

 

Using London’s transport network to teach computing – free resource & workshop (12 June)

Summary

  1. Free London computing resource that uses London’s transport system to teach unplugged computing as well as Python programming – as part of the new London Curriculum
  2. Free teachers’ event on 12 June to demonstrate this resource
  3. It’s also #LondonHistoryDay soon – CAS London / Teaching London Computing has some other resources for your classroom

1. A new resource for computing teachers in London
Someone has come up with the rather lovely and brilliant idea of exploiting (in the best way) London itself as a resource to be used in teaching in schools. Obviously London has lots of history, architecture, transport, science and literary links and these aspects can feed into the curriculum for London schools. I wish I’d thought of it.
Teachers, working with the Mayor of London, have developed subject-relevant London-centric curricular packs for the London Curriculum which are free to access after registering.

Clifford French and Trevor Bragg have created a resource pack – The Connected City – for computer science teachers in London, using the theme of transportation on the city’s roads. Students can use Python to interact with freely available Transport for London data on buses, traffic lights, hire-bikes etc (similar to the way smartphone apps work) but also using by learning about computational thinking ideas that don’t involve programming, such as the unit on pedestrian crossings –

The role of computational thinking
This unit focuses on road traffic signals in London and how they are used to manage travel by road. This includes buses and cars but also pedestrians and cyclists. After a  general introduction to transport in London students are introduced to an ‘unplugged’ model of a pedestrian crossing signal.”
Source: The Connected City (available from the link above)

2. Free teachers’ event to demonstrate this new computing resource
To accompany this Trevor and Clifford are running a free event for computing teachers, on Monday 12 June, to demonstrate how they can use this resource in their classrooms.

Connected City – New Mayor of London, KS3 Computing Curriculum Workshop
Monday, June 12, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (BST) London
Room 2.87 Franklin Wilkings Building
Eventbrite tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/connected-city-new-mayor-of-london-ks3-computing-curriculum-workshop-tickets-34465710869

A Hands on workshop, giving you the chance to try out the Scratch and or Python lessons with support, along with fellow teachers to gain confidence, before you use at your school with your students.

For Scratch there will be modelling of Traffic lights and a Pedestrain Crossing.
For Python you will learn about objects, lists and dictionaries.

Transport for London data can be accessed without any code and from a Python program we will look at both.

This course and the resources it uses are available free.

“London is extraordinary. It has a wealth of cultural, heritage and scientific venues. It is exciting and inspiring. It is also a hotbed of invention and creativity. As such, there is no better classroom than London.

The Mayor’s London Curriculum uses the capital as inspiration to bring the new national curriculum to life at key stages 2 and 3. The programme offers free teaching resources, evening events for teachers and exciting educational activities for students.”
Source: The London Curriculum – learning inspired by London

3. #LondonHistoryDay
London’s first London History Day will take place next Wednesday 31 May 2017 but schools are being invited to encourage their students to take part this Friday (26 May) and dress up as a famous historical Londoner.

We thought schools might be interested in London’s history from a computing perspective and have put together this page which talks about computational thinking and computing ideas as they relate to the Romans, Tudors / Stuarts, Victorians, World War 2 and more modern history.

Find out more at London, History and Computing

Tenderfoot computing twilight sessions in London for teachers (14&27 June) FREE

We’ve split the one-day Tenderfoot session for teachers on Computational Thinking (Unit 2) into two evening sessions running on Tuesday 14th and Monday 27th June, details below. You can attend either session, there is no dependency, or you can attend both.

  • Session One introduces graphs and binary trees
  • Session Two looks at arrays, classic and shortest path algorithms.

Session One: Tenderfoot training – Clever Stuff for Common Problems – Developing computational thinking and an understanding of data structures – Focus on Graphs and Binary Trees
Tuesday 14 June 2016, King’s College London
5-7.30pm, Waterloo Bridge Wing Room G14
Tutors: Jane Waite and Trevor Bragg
Tickets: http://community.computingatschool.org.uk/events/4134

  • 02 Activity: Data structures matter (Spit not so, Knights Tour, Tour Guide)
  • 03 Activity: Many problems, one solution (Map colouring)
  • 06 Activity: Beauty of trees (Binary trees)

“Unplugged puzzles are used to explore abstraction, algorithms, decomposition and data structures. Activities can be used in the classroom the next day. KS3 Attainment targets : use and evaluate computational abstractions, understand several key algorithm.”
Eventbrite - Tenderfoot training - Clever Stuff for Common Problems - Developing computational thinking and an understanding of data structures - Focus on Graphs and Binary Trees for Session One

Session Two
Monday 27 June 2016, Lambeth
[precise location and time tbc]
Tutor: Miles Berry

  • 00 Activity: Peg swap puzzle
  • 01 Activity: Perfect shuffle
  • 04 Activity: Toy problems, real world
  • 05 Activity: The oracle of bacon

[Ticket link not yet available]

“Unplugged puzzles are used to explore abstraction, algorithms, decomposition and data structures. Activities can be used in the classroom the next day. KS3 attainment targets: use and evaluate computational abstracts, understand several key algorithms.”

[FREE] BBC micro:bit training for teachers at CAS East London Hub meeting

CAS East London Hub Meeting: BBC micro:bit training [tickets]

Thursday 19 November 2015 from 4:45- 6:15pm, Free.
East London Hub
City & Islington Sixth Form College

BBC micro:bit Training. Hands-on session teachers of year 7’s to find out about using the micro:bit. For further information: Ceinwen Hilton (ceinwen.hilton@candi.ac.uk)

PROGRAMME

Time Topic
16:45 Registration and Refreshments
17:00 Introduction
17:15 Practical
18:00 Feedback

Tickets for this event (free)

Our next events: [teachers] free workshop, not-free ‘Intro to Arduino’ miniCPD, [kids] free magic show

Our diary of events is as follows, everything is taking place at QMUL (Mile End Campus). Details and tickets below.

  • Saturday 21 November (1-5pm) £30/60
    Introduction to Arduino, with Nicola Plant – a ‘miniCPD’ session on programming using an Arduino with simple electronics
  • Wednesday 25 November (5-6.30pm) FREE
    Sorting Unplugged, a free workshop with Paul Curzon
  • Saturday 28 November (1-5pm) £30/60
    Introduction to Arduino, with Nicola Plant – a ‘miniCPD’ session on programming using an Arduino with simple electronics – note that this session is identical to the one on the 21st, we’re running it twice
  • Wednesday 2 December (5-7pm) FREE
    The IET Christmas Children’s Lecture on ‘The Magic of Christmas Computer Science‘ with Paul Curzon and Peter McOwan

More details and tickets
Events for Computing teachers in London

Introduction to Arduino – Aimed at teachers of pupils at KS3 and above our miniCPD session will introduce you to programming using an Arduino with simple electronics. There are two identical sessions on Saturday 21 and Saturday 28 November, from 1-5pm, both capped at 15 guests.
[Tickets for 21 Nov session] [Tickets for 28 Nov session] £30 (London teachers) / £60 for teachers outside London

Sorting Unplugged‘ – demonstrating some practical and powerful ways to teach basic sort algorithms using unplugged methods, Wednesday 25 November 2015, from 5pm.
[Get a free ticket for this workshop]

Aimed at secondary school children and young people

The Magic of Christmas Computer Science‘ – a magic show powered by hidden computer science. Profs Paul Curzon and Peter McOwan present the IET’s Christmas children’s lecture
[Get a free ticket for this magic show]