School of Education wins Google grant for computing

The School of Education has been awarded approximately £8,400 ($14,000) from Google as part of the Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) programme.

Posted: 6 May 2014

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Senior lecturer in Computing Education, Peter Kemp led the bid and will use the grant to promote 3D animation in schools for 13-16 year olds in the form of learning and teaching resources and a website for students built in collaboration with a 3D animation expert.

Google’s CS4HS initiative aims to promote computer science and computational thinking in the school curriculum. This project will highlight the contribution that creative visual effects work has on developing young people’s creativity and computational thinking skills.

The department have been leading the way in computing education with Peter and his colleague, subject leader Miles Berry, both involved in drafting the new national curriculum and providing consultancy and CPD throughout England.

Peter Kemp explained: “The UK has one of the world’s largest digital arts industries yet there is little formal education available in secondary schools and limited awareness of how to get into the industry.

Giving student’s experience of 3D animation at school will help them make informed choices as to their future studies and careers.”

The 3D animation website and its resources will be available to secondary level students across the UK later this year.

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