Distinguished Lecture

Serious fun with interdisciplinary computer science and kids

New time: 5.30pm, Tuesday 23rd April 2013

Lecture Theatre K, Faraday Building, Swansea University

Refreshments in the foyer from 5pm, and followed by a reception

The event is free and open to all

N.B. To register for attending the lecture, please complete this form

Abstract

University public engagement is critical both to ensure we have an educated society that can take part in informed debate, and to set up the pipeline that leads to future researchers. cs4fn is one successful approach. Based at Queen Mary, University of London and funded by EPSRC with support from Google, it is an international campaign that presents leading edge research in offbeat ways to excite kids about interdisciplinary computing topics. It combines 3 physical magazines sent free to schools (cs4fn on computer science, ee4fn on physical computing and electronic engineering and Audio! on audio engineering), special booklets (eg one on women in computing and two magic books teaching computer science concepts), a website, shows for students and teacher CPD sessions. cs4fn material has been translated into 5 languages including Welsh. We will discuss the cs4fn approach and why it works and demonstrate some of the kinaesthetic, “unplugged” computing activities from our live shows such as our magic show.

Speaker's biography

Paul Curzon is a Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London. He gained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 1990. His interests encompass both public engagement and formal methods in human-computer interaction contexts. His work in this area applied to interactive medical devices is funded by EPSRC on the CHI+MED project. He runs the cs4fn (Computer Science for Fun) project, www.cs4fn.org also funded by EPSRC. It aims to inspire people about interdisciplinary computer science and in this capacity he regularly presents shows in schools around the UK. He was made a National Teaching Fellow in 2010 in recognition of his excellence in teaching and public engagement and was a finalist in the 2009 Times Higher Education Innovative Teacher of the year award.