New free workshop for Computing teachers – ‘Searching to Speak’ 22 May 2014, London

Cover of the Searching to Speak A5 booklet, click to open the PDF
Prof Paul Curzon will be running his FREE ‘Computational thinking: Searching to Speak‘ workshop for GCSE Computing teachers next Thursday afternoon at a school in London.

Eventbrite - Computational thinking: searching to speak - free workshop for teachers
When: Thursday 22 May 2014, 4pm-5.30pm
Where: Stormont House School, Downs Park Road, London, E5 8NP
Audience: GCSE Computing teachers
Cost: FREE

More info: Contact Jo Brodie ( and see our workshop page for more details and downloadable resources.

Printed copies of the booklet, and other magazines from cs4fn (Computer Science For Fun) will be available for each delegate and you can sign up to receive free copies of our future magazines at the cs4fn website, and hear about our new courses and workshops.

Dates for your diary: Paul Curzon will also be delivering all four of his free workshops for GCSE Computing teachers on 27 and 28 May, at QMUL. More to follow…

One of the worst medical conditions I can imagine is locked-in syndrome. It leaves you totally paralyzed except perhaps for the blink of an eye. Your intelligent mind is locked inside a useless body, able to sense everything but unable to communicate. How could a computer scientist help? We will use this problem to illustrate a way to introduce computational thinking skills, as well as core computing topics such as search algorithms and how to compare them. More generally we will demonstrate how computational thinking ideas can be introduced in an integrated way using cs4fn ‘unplugged’ activities, games and magic tricks, getting students out of their seats and away from their computers.

Session material
This session will cover:

  • What is Computational Thinking?
  • Inspiring ways to teach Computational Thinking.
  • How do computers find things? Search algorithms.
  • How do we tell which algorithm is best? Efficiency Analysis.
  • An introduction to using magic tricks to teach computing concepts

Activities are suitable for all age groups and can be adapted to fit your teaching needs.


Free 1-day taster course for Y12 school students interested in electronics & computing, in June

Teachers of Y12 students might be interested in this free taster course on computer science and electronic engineering, to be held at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). This is part of the University of London’s series of short taster courses for school students which QMUL participates in.

Please note that this is not a Teaching London Computing course.


Taster Course – Electronics and Computing for the Digital Age
Course Date: 26 Jun 2013
Duration: One day (10am – 4.15pm)
Cost: FREE, booking required

“This 1-day course will provide an excellent opportunity for students to experience some of the exciting things that our degrees in Electronic Engineering and/or Computer Science have to offer.

You will be shown just some of the choices that are open to you in terms of specialist skills you can learn and the outstanding career opportunities they afford. During the day you will get “hands-on” experience with various activities. You will also meet staff and some of our existing undergraduate students to get a feel for life with us.”

Subject area/s: Audio Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Engineering (Audio Systems), Engineering (Electronic), Information and Communication Technologies, Information Technology (IT), Multimedia and Arts Technology, Technology, Telecommunications

Course Requirements: This taster course is open to year 12 students and anyone who is planning on starting their undergraduates studies in September 2014. Students should be studying either AS Maths or Physics (or equivalent).

Students can apply here, and will be asked to write 150 words on why they’re interested in studying computer science / electronic engineering.