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Robotics and coding in classroom programmes: the what, why and how | Auckland
Robotics and coding in classroom programmes: the what, why and how | Auckland
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Created by Tessa Gray
Friday, 18 August 2017
7:15 am to 12:00 pm


DETAILS

Auckland (Pakuranga)
Friday 18 August 2017

Time
Breakfast and seminar: 7.15am — 8.45am
Workshop: 9.00am — 12.00pm

Cost
Breakfast seminar: $50 + GST per person
Breakfast seminar and workshop: $150 + GST per person

Venue

Te Tuhi Arts Centre - Auckland (Click for more info)

In this breakfast seminar, Tara will outline why aspects of computer science such as coding and robotics are critical to teaching and learning. Recognised as an essential 21st Century learning skill, computer science helps our learners understand computational thinking, and the skills and dispositions needed for operating in a world that is increasingly surrounded by technology. Join Tara to understand more about computer science, including robotics and coding, and how these are used to teach problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking.

This CORE breakfast seminar will

  • Examine why computational thinking is not about building a generation of programmers, rather how it is an essential skill for all learners
  • Discuss the impact of new technologies on traditional ways of learning
  • Provide examples of how coding and robotics are being integrated into New Zealand classrooms and centres.

The workshop will

Build on the breakfast seminar by providing a more in-depth understanding of computational thinking and how this could look in your own learning environment.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Build an understanding of how to introduce coding, robotics and computational thinking into classroom programmes
  • Build a basic programme using free resources such as Scratch (no coding knowledge required)
  • Explore the affordable raspberry pi and consider how this could be used in your learning environment
  • Tinker and programme robots while developing an understanding of how this might support your existing teaching and learning programme
  • Explore some virtual reality apps to realise their potential for your students

Who will this session be of interest to?

This session will be of interest to ECE, primary and secondary teachers, school leaders, and Boards of Trustees and anyone interested in future focused aspects of education.

Presenter

Tara is Senior Advisor, Learning Innovation at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and is responsible for enabling innovative learning experiences for learners of all ages through engagement with Te Papa’s collections, exhibitions, cultural and scientific resources, and the Hīnātore Learning Lab. Prior to joining the Te Papa team, Tara worked at CORE as an advisor in blended and digital learning. In this role, Tara worked with early childhood centres and schools to re-imagine their learning environments. Passionate about engaging and supporting all learners, Tara is currently exploring how the maker movement, computational thinking and robotics foster and support the learning process. You can connect with Tara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Taranz1

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