We founded CS in Schools in 2018, and began working with schools for the 2019 school year. By the end of 2020, we’d worked with over 70 teachers, 22 schools, 28 campuses, almost 60 volunteers, and almost 4,000 students. We are on track to work with 40 schools, 150 teachers, and 9,000 students in 2021.
In 2019, we co-developed our Introduction to Coding course with teachers and industry, ran our programme for the first time, and supported 10 teachers in their professional development at 8 diverse schools to help 841 students learn the fundamentals of coding and computational thinking.
In 2020, we supported 64 teachers in their professional development, and 12 taught a new Intermediate Coding course. The teachers worked across 27 campuses at 21 schools, all in the state of Victoria. There were approximately 3,300 students learning to code, and the programmes were supported by 45 volunteer computing professionals. Our major industry partners for 2020 were Carsales, SEEK, Xplor, and Messagemedia.
In 2021, we expanded the programme nationally to support 40 schools, 150 teachers, and an estimated 9,000 students. Around 50 volunteers are supporting the teachers and students. We are supporting 29 Victorian schools, 6 Queensland schools, 4 South Australian schools, 1 Northern Territory school, and 1 West Australian school. We are also piloting a new industry project course in partnership with Carsales and Domain.
We ran a study of our successful 2019 programme. The paper can be freely distributed and is available for download here. We are working on a new publication that studies our 2020 outcomes.
Together with our volunteers and industry partners, we’ve made an enormous difference to schools, teachers, and students. We’re on our way to creating sustainable change in Australian digital technology education, and we are building plans that allow us to scale to support all 2,700+ secondary schools in Australia. In just three years working with schools, we’ll have worked with:
We ran a study of our successful 2019 programme, and published a peer reviewed paper:
Hugh E. Williams, Selina Williams, and Kristy Kendall. CS in Schools: Developing a Sustainable Coding Programme in Australian Schools. In 2020 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE’20), June 15–19, 2020, Trondheim, Norway. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pages 321–327. https://doi.org/10.1145/3341525.3387422
The paper can be freely distributed and is available for download here.
We are working on a new paper that reports on our 2020 programme.
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Become a partner school
If you’d like CS in Schools to help build a strategic advantage at your school, and help your teachers and students become industry-ready for a digital future, please apply now.
Become a volunteer
If you’d like to help schools, teachers, and students become part of the digital economy, this is an amazing opportunity to give something back to Australia and create new opportunities for the next generation. It isn’t hard to apply, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
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We’re looking for schools and volunteers to partner with in 2021! Please get in touch.