We founded CS in Schools in 2018, and began working with schools in the 2019 school year. In 2023, we will work with more than 200 schools and more than 50,000 students.
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 secondary schools, 150 teachers, and an estimated 9,600 students. Around 40 volunteers supported the teachers and students. There were 23 Victorian schools, 7 Queensland schools, 5 South Australian schools, 1 Northern Territory school, 1 Tasmanian school, 1 ACT school, 1 NSW school, and 1 West Australian school. We trialed new project courses in partnership with Carsales and Domain.
In 2022, we worked with 153 schools: 59 schools used our materials directly through our courses website and 94 schools used our materials through our new partner, Education Perfect. In total, 467 teachers used the materials to teach 39,148 students across Australia. We had multiple schools in every state, including 60 in Victoria and 39 in Queensland. Around half of the schools were public schools and 16 were all-girls schools. We offered five free courses.
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.
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. By the end of 2023, 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.
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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.
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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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