Computing At School: CAS Lancaster Newsletter July 2016

CAS Lancaster Newsletter July 2016
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Dear Enthusiastic Computing Teacher,


Welcome to the newsletter from you your CAS Regional Centre: Lancaster University. It's been a hectic few months. 

Lorraine, Lynne and Joe have been on the road with micro:bits going out to Bolton, Settle, Wennington to name a few places! We had a hugely successful regional conference and an exciting Girls in Computing day for Year 8 students. 

We also held two Tenderfoot sessions at the university. More specific sessions will be coming soon. Watch this space for more information. Tenderfoot is key stage three resources for computing.

Master Teachers

We're delighted to welcome two new Master Teachers to the North West area: Martin Eccleshare from Abraham Guest Academy in Wigan and Theresa Russell from Morecambe Community High School in Morecambe. 

Find out all about Master Teachers and how you can become one:

Email us at the CAS Lancaster Regional Centre:

Girls in Computing

On Monday 27th June we hosted 75 Year 8 girls from 13 schools from Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire. They were given a talk from maker and engineer Dr Lucy Rogers and 11 year old Elise from Preston about being a woman in Computing. 
Then they went into workshops on Sonic Pi, Wearable Tech, Digital Art and Robots. The girls made some amazing creations and coded them using the micro:bit, raspberry pi and arduino. 
Whatever they made they go to take home with them. 

Some quotes from the girls:
"So much fun. I love my robot!"
"I learned about lots of different ways of programming that we can’t really do in school."
"I got to create something cool then take it home to show my parents"

We're hoping to run two days again next year: Primary and Secondary Girls in Computing. If you're interested in sending some girls then please get in touch

CAS Lancaster Regional Conference

Wednesday 15th June
On Wednesday 16th June we ran our regional conference here at the university. Over 60 secondary and primary teachers got involved. We had opening talks by the CAS coordinator: Lorraine  Underwood and a local primary teacher: Helen Baron. Then it was straight into the workshops.

Unlike a typical conference the day was about hands on workshops - doing rather than listening. We think this made the day more worthwhile for teachers. We also had a Code Club from Natland school in Kendal demonstrating what a real Code Club in a primary school is like. There were drones flying around the lecture theatre and spheros dropping down steps. 

Next year we are planning to decentralise the conference. Instead of holding one annual conference at Lancaster we're going to run six, yes six, conferences throughout the year and the region. We want to reach as many teachers in our region as possible. Watch this space for future dates!

CAS Hub Meetings

Don't forget to add your hub meeting to the CAS website!
Hub meetings are added all the time. Check here for the latest updates

Honorary Teaching Partner scheme

In 2015 we started our Honorary Teaching Partner scheme with 10 secondary school teachers from the North West. We wanted to foster a close working relationship between the School of Computing and Communications and school subject leaders in the locality and develop the teachers' subject knowledge to cover the demands of teaching the new subject.
These 10 teachers met 6 times throughout the year. They gained confidence in these areas and some went on to present at conferences across the country. 

In 2016 we have extended the Honorary Teaching Partner scheme. We have invited 10 primary teachers and 10 secondary teachers to join us at the university for 6 dates throughout the year 2016/2017 and to attend one conference. 

We will keep you up to date with what our 30 teachers develop over the year. 

CAS Lancaster Regional Conferences 2016/2017

For the academic year 2016/2017 we are going to run six different conferences next year throughout the region and the academic year. 

The first three conferences' locations have been confirmed.
  1. Wednesday 12th October: Blackpool Primary Conference. Mereside Primary School.
  2. Friday 25th November: Preston Secondary Conference. Archbishop Temple School. 
  3. Wednesday 1st February: Bolton Secondary and Primary Conference. Sharples School
  4. Wednesday 1st March: Carlisle Secondary and Primary Conference (location tbc)
  5. Wednesday 21st June: Workington Secondary and Primary Conference
  6. Wednesday 5th July: Lancaster Secondary and Primary Conference. Lancaster University

We will announce exact locations and speakers in due course.

The next newsletter will confirm more details but follow us on twitter: cas_lancaster for up to date announcements and our Computing At School web page specifically for the conferences:

where you will be able to book tickets and view their schedules.

Don't be fooled by the word conference - you won't be sitting around all day listening to people talk. Current and local teachers will be running hands on training workshops to give you real insight into teaching computing in a school like yours. 
Our mailing address is:
CAS Lancaster, School of Computing & Communications, InfoLab21, Lancaster University. Bailrigg. Lancaster. LA1 4WA.