Computing At School: CAS East Newsletter April 2018

CAS East's Newsletter April 2018
CAS East Newsletter    April 2018

In This Issue:

  • Upcoming CAS events and CPD
  • Equipment loan
  • Competitions
  • Further events
  • STEM experience for 6-9 year olds

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Dear colleagues,

Welcome back from the Easter break and we hope the term has started well.
Thank you to all of you that attended our regional conferences at Norwich and Cambridge. It was great to see such a large number of teachers engaging with computing CPD and we hope you will be able to attend some of our events this term.

On 31 March 2018, the formal funded period for the CAS Regional Centres came to an end. However, during this term, the University of Hertfordshire will continue to provide and coordinate support across the East of England region. The CAS community will continue to promote and support excellence in computer science education for the foreseeable future. You may be aware of the Government’s recent announcement of £84 million to develop the teaching of computing and the DfE is currently seeking proposals for a package of programmes. We hope to be able to provide you with further information over the next few months.

We are pleased to share information about opportunities and events and to celebrate success in teaching and learning computing. Please do let us know about your activities!

Kind regards,
Sue, Neil and Sonia

Upcoming CAS events and CPD

Wheathampsted, St Albans – Barefoot Computing workshop - - Mon 30/4/18
Wheathampsted, St Albans – Physical Computing workshop - - Thu 17/5/18
Hatfield – CAS Herts and Borders Primary Hub meeting - - Tue 22/5/18
Bury St Edmunds – CAS Bury St Edmunds Hub meeting – - Wed 23/5/18
Cambridge – Cross curricular physical computing - - Thu 24/5/18
Welwyn Garden City – Introduction to the BBC micro:bit - - Thu 24/5/18
Norwich – Code Club Volunteer Training Session: Confident Coders - - Tue 30/5/18
Hatfield – How to use computing devices to enhance the KS2 science curriculum - - Tue 12/6/18
Hatfield – CAS Herts and Borders Secondary Hub meeting - - Tue 26/6/18

Equipment loan

University of Hertfordshire has equipment for loan to schools free of charge, which could be for one off events or a specific unit of work. This includes class sets (16 devices) of:
  • Pi Top CEEDs, including Raspberry Pi 3 B+ and Pibrella boards
  • Micro:bits, including cables and battery packs
  • Sphero Minis
  • Crumbles, including cables, battery packs, sparkles, crocodile clips, LEDs and switches
Please contact to check for availability.


BCS (Bedford Branch) School Challenge 2018

A competition to showcase how computing is being developed in schools, how it is engaging pupils and enabling them for computing futures. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession for the benefit of all. Since 2013, the BCS Bedford Branch has been running a coding competition for Schools to cultivate young computing leaders. The competition is open to all schools in the four local education authorities and independent schools in the Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton Borough, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire areas.
Schools are invited to introduce the competition to students from Year 5 to Year 10.
Further information can be found here - Please contact Jackie Samosa at Mark Rutherford School ASAP if you are interested in taking part -

Further events

The ICT Service event, St Ives – Free places available

The ICT Service are delivering the following CPD event, which has some free places available:

Coding with Swift Playgrounds

Tuesday 26 June 2018, 2.00 – 4.30pm
The ICT Service Training Centre, St Ives

This session will introduce you to Apple’s Everyone Can Code programme including apps, lesson plans and resources to support you in the classroom.  In particular, Swift Playgrounds provides teachers and pupils with a comprehensive set of tools and resources for developing their coding skills and capability in programming.
Now suitable for all ages, come along to this session to learn more and begin your Swift Playgrounds Apple Teacher badge.

Free place for each school (places are limited).
£25 per additional delegate (subsidised cost).

Book Online -

ICT and STEM in Education Conference – Teaching the Future, Norwich – Free places available
Free places are available at the conference, which is taking place on Thursday 10th May 2018 and includes a keynote presentation from Neil Rickus, Senior Lecturer in Computing Education, University of Hertfordshire. Further information can be found here - with a flyer here -
Thorpe Raspberry Jam, Norwich – Launch event
The first Thorpe Raspberry Jam is taking place on Saturday 5th May 2018. Free tickets are available here –
Raspberry Jams are community meetups for people to come together to learn about digital making with Raspberry Pis and other similar tech such as Microbits, Arduinos and many more. If you are curious and want to know more, or have a project you would like to bring along and show off, then you are going to love a Jam. And it is free!!!
#TeachComputing webinars
#TeachComputing online webinars support teachers to develop the teaching of Computing within their schools. These free events are hosted by Alan O'Donohoe, Exa.Foundation part of Exa Networks.
Primary webinar – 10th May - - 21st May -
Secondary webinar – 3rd May - - 21st May -
Herts for Learning events
Herts for Learning are delivering a range of CPD in Stevenage:
All our courses can be viewed and booked from here:
We’ll be running these courses at Hertfordshire Development Centre in Stevenage:
  • Learning to Lead – Effective Leadership of Primary Computing, 30th April and 25th June (2 full days course)
  • Teaching Computing at KS1, May 2nd (all day)
  • Teaching Computing at Lower KS2, 24th May (all day)
  • Teaching Computing at Upper KS2, 6th June (all day)
  • Exploring Technology in the Early Years, 11th June (all day)
  • Primary Computing Subject Leader Update, 2nd July (1.45pm to 3.45pm)

FIRST LEGO League Jr- STEM experience for 6-9 year olds

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. is an exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme for 6-9 year olds. Each year a theme relevant to the world around them is chosen as a focus for the children’s work. The teams research the topic, displaying their ideas on a Show Me poster and they also build a motorised LEGO® model. FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. rapidly develops teamwork, design, programming and communication skills, but the most important thing is that it is great fun and makes the children really enjoy STEM subjects.
Further information can be found here -
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