Summer Update 2022

22 December 2022

It’s been a terrific final three months of 2022 for CS in Schools!

Awards Night

For those of you who didn’t have a chance, take a look at the full replay or the six minute highlight video from our 2022 CS in Schools Awards Night.

The 2022 award winners were outstanding contributors to the programmes and you can learn more about them here.

Impact in 2022

Our goal in 2022 was to support 64 secondary schools across Australia. We exceeded that goal and there were 72 schools that delivered at least one of our courses to at least one class of students with our support.

We had 32,781 users access our materials directly through our courses website and our last reported number for our Education Perfect (EP) partnership is 7,765, giving a total of 39,846 students this year. This will be more than 40,000 when EP shares their final numbers for the final quarter of 2022.

We are looking forward to working with over 128 schools next year (and 256 schools in 2024).

New Courses

It’s been a busy year for course development in 2022.

We launched a new choice for the next step beyond our introduction to coding course. We now offer our intermediate coding course either as a web-based course or a hardware-based micro:bit course. The coding concepts that are covered are the same — including while loops, elseif branching, and number variables — but the way they’re taught and the platform that’s used is different. In both cases, they’re designed to be ten week courses at around two hours per week, similarly to our popular introduction to coding course. Both courses are aimed at Years 7 to 9 students.

We’ve also launched a more advanced course, Graphical Programming. This course is designed to follow on from the intermediate coding course and it is again a ten week course at around two hours per week. The course covers more advanced concepts and students learn how to build interactive sketches, games, and animations in Python. It’s aimed at Years 8 to 10 students.

Last, we have just launched a new Successful Pseudocoding course. This is aimed at maths teachers who need to include pseudo code in their VCE Maths Methods courses in Victoria. We’ll share more on this topic in a future blog post.

Our Introduction to Coding, Web Apps with Anvil, and Web Fundamentals courses are all still available too. Web Apps with Anvil is similarly advanced as Graphical Programming, requires that students have completed Intermediate Coding, and aimed at Years 8 to 10 students. Web Fundamentals is an introductory non-coding course and is aimed at Years 7 to 9 and it can completed independently of any of our courses. All of these courses are ten week courses at around two hours per week.