This course will provide an introduction to computing science at the First/Second level and evidence why it is so important for our learners. It will provide practical workshops introducing and using micro:bit version 2, allowing delegates to explore the purpose of a micro:bit, how to programme their micro:bit to carry out a range of tasks and how it can enhance computing science outcomes.

Through a full day face to face session, a second live remote session and self-study gap tasks, delegates will build towards developing the skills and confidence needed to plan, facilitate and evaluate micro:bit projects within their own classes/schools. The course comes with a class set of micro:bit V2 and other materials required for some of the practical workshops.

We will also share our learning via Microsoft Teams and consider a variety of useful websites/apps and other resources to further enhance computing science engagement.

Course Start Date: 23rd September 2022 and 2nd December 2022

Closing Date: 16th August 2022

Audience

For Educators working in and around First and second level CfE.

Rationale

Gain an understanding of approaches to learning and teaching of Computing Science at First-Second Level utilising National advice with hands-on activities to engage and inspire.

Course Leader

Kevin Reid

Kevin.Reid@sserc.scot

Cost

The initial cost of the course is £320 which is paid upfront through your setting. This fee covers the PL and the micro:bit resources provided for you to keep as part of the course.

This course is a STEM Learning ENTHUSE bursary course with each setting receiving £320 upon successful completion of the course including all relevant evaluations.

Core outcome covered:

Organiser – Designing, building and testing computing solutions

I can demonstrate a range of basic problem solving skills by building simple programs to carry out a given task, using an appropriate language. TCH 1-15a

I can create, develop and evaluate computing solutions in response to a design challenge. TCH 2-15a

Other Experiences and Outcomes will be covered through the course and these will be referenced when appropriate.

Aim and objectives 

On completion of this training, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to ‘get started’ with teaching micro:bit and how it can be used to enhance creativity, problem solving and collaboration.
  • Embed the micro:bit as a tool for enhancing computing science experiences and outcomes within your setting.
  • Use the MakeCode block coding platform to program the micro:bit to carry out a range of tasks, considering different inputs/outputs.
  • Engage with and use the wide range of resources, activities and tutorials available via the micro:bit online environments.
  • Confidently engage with computing science concepts and pedagogical approaches to enhance the teaching of micro:bit in your setting.

Face to face full day session at SSERC – 23rd September 2022

Live remote session on MS Teams – afternoon of 2nd December 2022

There will also be a Gap Task to complete via MS Teams.

Each successful applicant will receive an invite to a SSERC Ltd guest teams account.