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!



FREE: Paul Curzon ‘Computational Thinking’ workshop @QMUL for Computing teachers, 19 January

Our first free workshop of the year will be Paul’s exploration of ‘Searching to Speak’. This uses the example of a case of locked-in syndrome to explore the use of computational thinking in solving human problems (human-computer interaction) as well as considering when a technological approach might not actually be the most appropriate solution.

The workshop will take place on Monday 19 January from 5.30pm to 7pm at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL, Mile End Campus) and is free.

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 will also be a second workshop, with details to be confirmed, which will take place on Monday 26 January also at 5.30 to 7pm at the same venue.

Computational thinking: searching to speak

Monday 19 January 2015, 5.30pm to 7pm
Eventbrite tickets
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: Computational thinking: searching to speak

A new CPD course for A-level Computing teachers – 18-22 August @QMUL

Teaching London Computing will be running a new one-week intensive course for A-level Computing teachers, from Monday to Friday (10-4pm) 18-22 August 2014. The teaching will take place at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and will be led by Dr William Marsh.

The course will follow on from our GCSE Computing courses and those attending will need to be familiar with Python.

More information
There will be more details about the course on our dedicated A-level Computing CPD course page and places can be booked at Eventbrite (see button below).

Thanks to funding from the Mayor of London we are able to offer London teachers a 50% reduction in fees (£150), for teachers outside London the full fee is £300. Please see our Fees and Fundingpage for more information.

Book a place for the next “A-level Computing CPD for teachers” course which runs during 18-22 August 2014, (10am-4pm) Monday – Friday, at QMUL
Eventbrite - Teaching London Computing - A-level Computing CPD course

FREE workshops next week at QMUL, for GCSE Computing teachers

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Prof Paul Curzon will be delivering four FREE workshops during half-term next week at QMUL (Queen Mary University of London) on Monday . These are fun, inspiring ‘unplugged’-style sessions which look at some creative ways of getting students to think about computing and programming concepts, without relying on computers, and are aimed at GCSE Computing teachers who’ll be delivering the new Computing curriculum.

Each session is accompanied by lots of free classroom resources and activity sheets to download, and of course an opportunity to share ideas with other workshop attendees.

We’ve arranged things so that there’s an hour between the morning and afternoon sessions (to make it easier for those who’d like to attend two in a day) but you’re welcome to come to as many of the workshops as you like.

The workshops are

A. Computational thinking: Searching to Speak (Website) (Eventbrite tickets)
Tuesday 27 May, 11.30am to 1pm

B. Computational Thinking: it’s about people too (Website) (Eventbrite tickets)
Tuesday 27 May, 2pm-3.30pm

C. Invisible palming! Intelligent paper? So what is an algorithm? (Website) (Eventbrite tickets)
Wednesday 28 May, 11.30am to 1pm

D. Programming unplugged: learning programming without computers (Website) (Eventbrite tickets)
Wednesday 28 May, 2pm-3.30pm

Cover of the Searching to Speak A5 booklet, click to open the PDF← Download a free copy of our latest booklet ‘Searching to Speak’ (which accompanies the first workshop in the series, on Tuesday morning) – click to open the PDF or right-click / save as to save a copy.


The admin bit:
All the workshops are free and will take place in Room 1.02 in the Law Building on Mile End Road. For those attending both morning and afternoon sessions (there’s an hour between the workshops) there are lunch options on campus (Mucci or Curve as well as snack shops) and plenty of food places on Mile End Road including a Sainsbury’s. You can attend as many workshops as you like.

Please contact me (Jo, if you have any queries.

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