Technocamps recently hosted a day of learning for education professionals throughout Wales aimed at inspiring those who work in the sector.
Over 100 teachers and stakeholders attended to learn more about the impact of the new curriculum and how it would affect them in the classroom.
Staff from Technocamps showcased some of the workshops available, all of which are free for schools in Wales. As well as providing teaching resources, the sessions offered tips and guidance that can be used to integrate computer science and computational thinking into delivery in the classroom. The workshops were split between primary and secondary with relevant topics such as machine learning, ethics, autonomous cars and cryptography.
Technocamps also hosted the ‘Curriculum for Success’ on behalf of the Learned Society of Wales at the Computational Foundry on Swansea University’s Bay Campus.
On hand to take questions from the audience were Kirsty Williams AM, Minister for Education in Wales, Professor Graham Donaldson whose recommendations inspired the changes, and Professor Tom Crick who performed a key architectural role in the design of the new Curriculum for Wales.
Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams AM emphasised the solid work currently undertaken in schools and how the new curriculum would ensure young people were equipped for the future: “To ask any politician to look towards a successful future is a very brave move, however I am confident that our ambitious and collective reform programme is delivering now and for a very successful future.”
The event offered educational professionals and other stakeholders the chance to hear directly from the people who have designed the new curriculum and are implementing it in schools across Wales.
Professor Faron Moller, Director of Technocamps said: “This is not going to be a curriculum just for talented stars, it’s for every young person in Wales with Computer Science having a clear strand of learning within the Science and Technology Areas of Learning Experience.”
Professor Tom Crick said: “This is the big opportunity for a rethink. We want everyone to recognise that understanding Science and Technology is a key part of being a citizen of Wales.”