Coding

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Integrating algorithm tasks into early years teaching
Integrating algorithm tasks into early years teaching

Algorithms are a key component of computational thinking, and the foundations for developing these skills starts in the early years. What are some of the day-to-day ‘unplugged activities’ that offer teachers easy opportunities for emphasising and building these skills?

Students scale up their skills for STEM challenge
Students scale up their skills for STEM challenge

A blob trying to break into the Underworld, a scientist jumping through size-altering portals, and a man who wakes up dazed and confused in a scrapyard – these are some of the protagonists from winning games in this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge.

Researching education: Five further readings on computational thinking
Researching education: Five further readings on computational thinking

What are the key characteristics and concepts of computational thinking? And, how can a student’s performance of computational thinking be assessed? In this edition of Researching education: Five further readings, we are sharing a range of resources which seek to answer these questions and more.

Designing creative and engaging video games
Designing creative and engaging video games

Registrations are now open for this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge. Students are encouraged to design creative, engaging and imaginative video games incorporating the 2021 theme, ‘scale’.

School Improvement Episode 30: STEM professionals in schools
School Improvement Episode 30: STEM professionals in schools

Staff at Bowen Road Primary School have been working with a local electrical engineer for a few years now to teach students about coding. In this podcast, we speak with educator Lynne Hanlon and electrical engineer Robbie Bell about how the partnership is broadening students’ understanding of careers in STEM.

Students shine in STEM learning challenge
Students shine in STEM learning challenge

The STEM Video Game Challenge has just wrapped up for another year, and the winners in each category have once again demonstrated how they can use their skills in coding and design to create their own original, playable video game.

Teaching coding in a purposeful way: Episode 5
Teaching coding in a purposeful way: Episode 5

In his final update for Teacher, Year 6 teacher Ben Wynne reflects on his experience as a mentor for the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge and how he successfully led coding lessons with students.

Overcoming coding challenges: Episode 4
Overcoming coding challenges: Episode 4

In his latest video for Teacher, Year 6 teacher Ben Wynne shares some common challenges his students face while coding, and how he helps to overcome them through a collaborative approach.

Engaging all students in a STEM project: Episode 3
Engaging all students in a STEM project: Episode 3

In his latest video for Teacher, Year 6 teacher Ben Wynne shares how he is keeping students on-task for the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge and some hurdles he’s come across with students as they’ve started creating their own original video games.

Creating original video games with students: Episode 2
Creating original video games with students: Episode 2

In his latest video for Teacher, Year 6 teacher Ben Wynne discusses how he’s set students up for this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge, pitching the idea to his Principal and embedding the challenge into the curriculum.