CLWB is delighted to announce the successful delivery of 16 workshops across Australia with partners Intuyu and GEM. In total we delivered workshops to 252 people – principals, teachers and students – across the country, starting in Brisbane and finishing in Perth.
The Australian National Innovation and Science Agenda set the challenge to all educators to prepare their students for the rapidly changing world of work, and increase focus on Coding, STEM and Digital Technologies. CLWBs’ ‘You Can Teach Coding’ and ‘Practical Steps to STEAM’ workshops helped schools meet this challenge.
Following the endorsement of the new Australian Technologies Curriculum, states are now beginning to make coding and robotics, compulsory in schools from Prep to Year 10. “Practical Steps to STEAM” enables schools understand how to plan a STEAM/STEM strategy; teach the required “General Purpose Computer Languages” to students; and manage the implementation of STEAM or STEM in their schools. The workshop included hands-on experience in a STEAM project and Coding.
“You Can Teach Coding” taught teachers how to code and how to teach coding. Participants were taken from assumed no-knowledge to being confident in teaching with a “General Purpose Programming Language”. Carefully scaffolded exercises took delegates from Scratch to HTML to Python in just one day.
“The workshops gave both students and staff alike a greater clarity about how coding could support learning in STEAM.” Ant Meczes, Head of Science – Perth Modern School
“Having attended ‘You Can Teach Coding’ I now fully appreciate the incredible impact coding can have on the learning experiences I provide for my students.”
David, Shigrov, Class Teacher – St Peter’s College, Adelaide
A highlight was a two-day e-fashion workshop at Box Hill Institute, Victoria. Here students designed imaginative fashion solutions using sensors.
“I had the pleasure of participating in a 2-day STEAM workshop, facilitated by CLWB.org. The session engaged everyone from start to finish and the students were rightly proud to display their creations at a VIP fashion show. Most importantly, the workshop created a supportive atmosphere where the making of mistakes and learning from them were seen as an integral to the design process and learning experience.”
Kain Gardner, Box Hill Institute
Our next steps are to follow these workshops with updated versions of ‘Practical Steps to STEAM’ and ‘You Can Teach Coding’ with Pearson Academy. Click on the links below for more details.