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CAS North West: Manchester Newsletter    Easter 2017
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Dear CAS member,

Easter 2017


Hello and welcome to our Easter 2017 newsletter.
 
As the Easter holidays cover a wide selection of dates we either hope you have/are having/had a great break from school and that you are able to recharge your batteries ready for the power charge to summer.
This newsletter highlights some areas we have been involved with this term and introduces some exciting opportunities for the forthcoming term.
As ever if we can support you in anyway please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Carl, Carol, Dave, David and Sarah
Team CAS Manchester

We are looking for your help with Project Malawi. This project aims to support the training and development of Computer Science education in a remote rural region of Malawi. Through cooperation with an African charity RIPPLE Africa, CAS North West (Manchester) will be looking to bring computing education to a number of schools in Malawi. 

We will be working with teachers and pupils to provide models of teaching and learning to support their development. We are looking to bring exciting computer science adventures to the schools and to leave a legacy of a lifelong love and appreciation of computer science.

Malawi is one of the poorest in the world in terms of income and any support offered will be greatly appreciated.

How can you get involved? 
Our idea is to raise funds to purchase equipment like Raspberry Pi's, Pi-top Ceeds, Robots etc that we can then use to develop and deliver a range of teaching and learning experiences and school activities (including unplugged). The plan is then to leave these resources as a future legacy for the schools and children of Malawi.
Please visit our funding page to pledge your support - Thank you
We would like to invite you to bring a team along to the first Cyber Games Competition for the North West region, part of the National Cyber Security Schools Programme from the Cyber Security Challenge.
 
Please find more information here https://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/competitions/cybergames as well as an infographic explaining the Cyber Games programme in more detail.
 
There will be practical activities designed and run by industry partners and sponsors with the express aim of educating pupils on Cyber Security and also the career opportunities available to them.
 
Alongside this, there will be teaching and learning resources, lesson plans and networking links shared with attending teachers on the day to help them deliver Cyber Security and Computer Science more generally, in the their classrooms.
 
Schools are invited to bring along ONE team of FOUR pupils from Years Nine to Thirteen in order to have the maximum number of schools take part. Please be aware the teams will be signed up on a first come first served basis.
 
Event:                   Cyber Games North West
Date:                    Wednesday 17th May 2017
Location:             Edge Hill University,  St Helens Rd, Ormskirk L39 4QP
 
If you are interested in bringing a team along, please email jstanton@cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk with your name and school.
 

The Digital Kids Show Education Day is inviting schools from the region to Event City, Manchester for a day of debates, workshops and keynote speeches from eminent speakers. The unique platform will demonstrate ways to encourage pupils to embrace STEM subjects, explore the benefits of learning in our digital world and share practical advice to safeguard them from online dangers. CAS is supporting the event and will host workshops on topics such as 'Using robots to learn code' and 'Exploring the benefits of Minecraft in Education'. You can register up to 5 places from your school free of charge. For further information and to reserve your places please visit http://www.digitalkidsshow.co.uk/educators/programme/ 

FREE Edge Hill Computing
Workshops for Teachers

We are really pleased to continue to offer FREE, quality workshops for all teachers of Computing. These will take place at Edge Hill University,  we'd love you to see you there.
You can read about previous events here.

There will be several workshops running and these are currently being finalised so if you have any particular requests please get in touch and we will try to accommodate them.
We have ONE further FREE CPD day planned for 2017 that you can sign up to.
Don't miss out on these brilliant opportunities.
Click on the date to make a booking.

More CPD for teachers

There are already numerous CPD events planned across the region. Many of these are already being advertised on the events page and are open for bookings.
Below we are highlighting some of the upcoming events.

CAS include

CAS #include is a group of teachers, academics and professionals who are passionate about giving ALL students the opportunity to study Computing regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, SEN or disabilities. We are a subsidiary of Computing At School. Take part in diversity discussions on the CAS Community Forum.We support the inclusive teaching of Computing and Computer Science at all Key Stages across the UK. We do this by creating resources and facilitating events for students, educators, academics and industry professionals.
If you would like to know more and to get involved visit the website - http://casinclude.org.uk/our-mission/about-include/

Teaching A Level Computer Science -

Programming in Python (6 week course)

Tuesday Apr 18, 2017 4:00PM until Tuesday May 23, 2017 6:00PM

A 6 week course to equip teachers with the necessary level of knowledge required to use Python as their programming language.

The course will run each week from approximately 4pm until 6pm on Tuesdays (except for Wednesday 17/05/2017) at Cheadle Hulme High School in the Sixth Form Centre.

The course will cover most of the aspects of programming that teacher's of A Level Computer Science need to know in order to deliver the new specification. The weekly breakdown of topics will be published in due course, but will include material on functions, recursion, searching and sorting algorithms implemented in Python, common data structures and OOP.
For further details about this course and how to book please visit here.

 
Are there any CPD opportunities that you would like us to offer?
Get in touch and let us know here.
On Tuesday 25th April  3pm - 6pm we are hosting a showcase of a selection equipment that could be used when teaching Computer Science across the key stages. The University of Manchester and CAS North West Manchester have libraries of equipment that our Master Teachers can borrow on your behalf. This is not a sales pitch however it is an opportunity for you to chat to colleagues and see some equipment in action.
We look forward to seeing you in the Kilburn Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road on Tuesday 25th April 3pm - 6pm
Since our last newsletter in February CAS Manchester and the Master Teacher team have hosted and delivered many events either at The University of Manchester or out in schools. These have included Kodu coding, introduction to Edbot, teaching A' level course, introduction to Raspberry pi in the classroom, CAS Barefoot workshops, a range of Python courses, beginners and cross-curricular Scratch, Junior Hacks, Explore CS events for years 7 - 9, Discover CS for years 12 and 13, student A level days, Great Science Meet, Teach Meet Manchester, programming with Minecraft, numerous events supporting girls in Computer Science, primary pupils events at the university and in schools and many more.
WOW! You can read about many of the events on our news page here.
Master Teachers
We are actively recruiting Master Teachers for our region. 
Are you interested?
If you are a member of CAS click here to find out more.
If you are not yet a member click here to join - it is FREE!
 

CAS North West Manchester hubs


CAS hubs are the perfect opportunity to meet colleagues, share ideas receive support and training.

Why hubs? Read all about them here.
Where is your nearest hub? Enter your postcode here and find out
No hub near you? Have you thought about becoming a hub leader? Read about the importance of hubs here.
Express your interest in becoming a hub leader here or for an informal chat drop us an email casmanchester@computingatschool.org.uk
 
Our colleagues further North in Lancaster also have numerous events planned over the coming year. We would recommend that you look at their events page also as many of you may find that some of these are easily accessible to you.

Coming Soon

As you can see there are lots of plans afoot for 2017.
However we do need to hear from YOU! What support and events would you like? Please get in contact and we can help - and if we can't we will know someone who can!
Keep checking the regional website for updates, especially the Upcoming Events section on the right hand side - scroll down to the bottom of this section and click on all events, this will help you see the whole year.
Regional Website : CAS North West Manchester
 

Contact Us

email: CASManchester@computingatschool.org.uk
Twitter: @CAS_Manchester
Regional Website : CAS North West Manchester
National Website: Computing At School
 
Our mailing address is:
CAS North West: Manchester, School of Computing Science, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester. M13 9PL.

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