We run activities with schools, CPD for teachers, and events for school students. We also produce resources for Computer Science in the classroom.
Our Computing At Schools North East website has details of our activities. It also has CPD for teachers.
We welcome visits from school students of any age group. Come and see our facilities and take part in computing activities.
Find out what venues we use, and how to find them.
We can consider activities on or off campus, and other links to schools.
Contact us to arrange a visit or discuss any ideas.
The Outreach Team
The Outreach Team is responsible for managing and coordinating our work. The team are:
- Nick Cook - Lecturer in Computing Science
- Laura Heels - Transition Officer
- Louise Talbot - Administrative Support
- Chris Napier - Outreach Technician and PhD Student
A number of other staff, researchers and students are also actively involved.
The best way to contact the team is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From CPD to First Lego League, we host and attend a variety of events.
For details on upcoming events, please see: http://casne.ncl.ac.uk/events/
CAS NE Regional Conference - 06/07/2017CAS NE Regional Conference - 06/07/2017
Full details on the conference can be found here: http://casne.ncl.ac.uk/events/2017/conference/
The CAS North East Regional Conference is a day of high-quality CPD delivered by experienced teacher trainers and practitioners with a focus on lessons to take back to school and opportunities to share practice and ideas with colleagues across the region.
The conference offers a range of hands-on practical sessions on how to deliver various aspects of the computing curriculum in both primary and secondary school. Topics covered include:
- approaches to computational thinking
- computing without computers
- curriculum planning
- data representation
- physical computing
- primary and secondary programming
- computing in Early Years
The Schedule for the Conference was as follows:
|08:15-09:15||Registration and coffee||HERB Foyer|
|09:25-10:10||The BBC micro:bit inside and out - Joe Finney, Lancaster University||HERB LT1|
|10:15-11:15||Computing, SEN and inclusion - Louise Hindmarch, Newcastle Bridges School||BSTC G.33||KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4|
|10:15-11:15||Data representation and media computation - Simon Roberts, Carmel College||BSTC 2.40||KS3, KS4|
|10:15-11:15||Finite state machines and other models - Jim Green, Consett Academy||BSTC G.34||KS3, KS4|
|10:15-11:15||Primary coding with the iPad - Phillippa Chippendale, Openzone @ The Word, and Amanda Hayward, Openzone @ The Word||BSTC G.36||KS1, KS2|
|10:15-11:15||Using the BBC microbit in primary - Chris Wilde, Royal Grammar School||BSTC Side||KS2|
|11:30-12:30||CAS Quantum - writing high quality questions to assess computing - Mark Frazer, Durham University||BSTC G.33||KS2, KS3, KS4|
|11:30-12:30||mBlock - Arduino programming from Scratch to C++ - Chris Napier, Newcastle University||BSTC G.36||KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5|
|11:30-12:30||Object oriented theory - Jeanette Patterson, Kings Priory School||BSTC G.34||KS4, KS5|
|11:30-12:30||Ozobots for block and text based programming - Jordan Graham, Meadowdale Academy||BSTC Side||KS1, KS2, KS3|
|11:30-12:30||Primary computing unplugged - Kelly Smith, Our Lady of Lourdes RCVA Primary||BSTC 1.48||KS1, KS2|
|13:20-14:05||Computer models of the human brain - Marcus Kaiser, Newcastle University||HERB LT1|
|14:10-15:10||Computing education research - Laura Heels, Newcastle University||BSTC 1.48||KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5|
|14:10-15:10||Digital skills for young learners - Claire Graham, North Tyneside CLC||BSTC G.33||KS1|
|14:10-15:10||Exploring programming pedagogy - from block to text based programming - Steve Bunce, Vital CPD, and Mark Dorling, Digital Schoolhouse||BSTC G.34||KS2, KS3, KS4|
|14:10-15:10||Network modelling and simulation - Duncan Maidens, CAS West Midlands and Birmingham City University||BSTC G.36||KS2, KS3, KS4|
|14:10-15:10||Object oriented programing with Greenfoot - Mark Clarkson, Egglescliffe School||BSTC Side||KS3, KS4, KS5|
|14:10-15:10||Simulating our World with StarLogoTNG - Nick Cook, Newcastle University||BSTC 2.40||KS2, KS3|
|15:20-16:20||Graph theory - Laura Fox, Kings Priory School||BSTC G.33||KS3, KS4|
|15:20-16:20||Little Robot Computer - LMC made simple - John Lamb, Monkwearmouth Academy||BSTC G.36||KS3, KS4|
|15:20-16:20||Primary computing with Code Club - Dan Pudwell, Code Club UK / Raspberry Pi Foundation||BSTC Chart||KS2|
|15:20-16:20||ScratchMaths - building mathematical knowledge with programming - Tim Mulford, Whitburn CoE Academy, and Kelly Smith, Our Lady of Lourdes RCVA Primary||BSTC 2.40||KS2|
|15:20-16:20||Teaching A level for the first time - Paul Robson, Cramlington Learning Village||BSTC 1.48||KS4, KS5|
|15:20-16:20||Using the Raspberry Pi creatively at KS2 - Dan Mount, Egglescliffe CEVC Primary School||BSTC Side||KS2|
|16:25-16:35||Close and prize draw - Nick Cook, Newcastle University||HERB LT1
Secondary Challenge Day - 22/06/2017Secondary Challenge Day - 22/06/2017
We invited three local schools to take part in computing challenges. Students from Burnside, King's Priory and St. Cuthbert's all worked extremely hard and all schools managed to get themselves a prize!
The challenges were:
- Python Coding and Electronics challenge using a PiBrella board
- Networking challenge using network boxes that can only send a 1 or 0
- mBot Robotics challenge
Chris Napier the creator of the challenges and one of the organisers of the event, said "I was very impressed with the quality of work that was produced by the students. They all behaved extremely well, and are a credit to their School's."
The challenges were ran by some of our students and this meant that Nick Cook, the CASNE coordinator, could provide the Computing teachers from each school CPD training.
Girls MINT Day - 17/05/2017Girls MINT Day - 17/05/2017
This free on-campus event enables groups of girls to take part in a range of STEM taster sessions run by our academic colleagues including building electrical circuits, programming robots and more.
Within in Computing, we tasked the girls with programming an mBot robot. The session was a huge success and all the girls managed to complete the challenges that we had set them.
Venues for Visits
We have a range of venues that we use for CPD, events, and school visits.
Urban Sciences Building
The new home of the School of Computing will be the main venue for visits and Outreach events. The building can be located on Science Central.
Great North Museum: Hancock, Claremont Road
The Great North Museum is on the opposite side of Claremont Road to Claremont Tower, at the junction with Barras Bridge.
It's building number 34 on the Newcastle University campus map. The Great North Museum postcode is NE2 4PT.
The meeting rooms we use are at the rear of the museum building. This is the opposite end to the Barras Bridge entrance.
You can walk through the museum to the meeting rooms, or use the campus entrance at the rear of the museum.
King's Road Centre
The King's Road Centre is on King's Road in the centre of the campus. It's next to the Students' Union.
It's building number 4 on the Newcastle University campus map.
King's Road runs between the Claremont Road and St Thomas Street entrances to the campus.
Research Beehive, Old Library Building
The Research Beehive is in the Old Library Building. It is number 25 on the Newcastle University campus map.
The Research Beehive is on Floor 2 of the Old Library.
The quickest routes to the Old Library are either from Queen Victoria Road or across the lawn quadrant from Claremont Road.