CS in Schools joins ATSE

22 April 2021

CS in Schools is becoming part of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). After three successful years as part of RMIT University, CS in Schools is aligning itself with ATSE to take the next steps in helping develop digital technology capability in Australian secondary schools, teachers, and students. Aligning with ATSE will allow CS in Schools to more effectively influence national priorities in education, raise additional funding, and collaborate with leaders in the technology space.

ATSE Chief Executive Kylie Walker believes that CS in Schools is a natural fit for the Academy. “The Academy of Technology and Engineering is delighted to work with the CS in Schools team to bring high-quality and free computer science education to Australian secondary schools,” Ms Walker said.

“The CS in Schools team’s expertise in the tech sector and education is a powerful match for ATSE’s strong experience in delivering science, technology and engineering education and career pathways programs.”

“In 2021, CS in Schools is bringing quality coding education to 40 schools and an estimated 9000 students, with a particular focus on supporting girls and regional students. Together we plan to bring the program to every secondary school in Australia, to deliver DigiTech as a core subject.”

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley, who is a Fellow of ATSE, says that fluency and familiarity with digital technologies is currency in this new economy.

“It’s critically important that young people are taught computer science skills if we are to fill the digital jobs of the future,” Dr Foley said. “ATSE has the national reach to ensure coding can be offered in all secondary schools, and in particular those in regional and remote locations.”

Professor Hugh Williams, a co-founder of CS in Schools, is thankful to RMIT University and grateful for the opportunity to become part of ATSE.

“We’re deeply grateful to Professor Martin Bean and his team at RMIT University for helping us start CS in Schools. We believe now is the right time to move to ATSE and become a national programme that is aligned with the priorities of Australia’s learned academy for technologists. ATSE has a long, successful history in education and we look forward to being part of building on those strengths.”

CS in Schools will continue to be run as a free programme for the public and private education sectors. In practice, for schools, teachers, and students in the programme, there will be no change in the offerings in 2021.

In 2022 and beyond, alignment with ATSE will allow CS in Schools to have more teachers and schools in its programmes, and accelerate the growth and development of its offerings.

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