Join us at our free online research seminars
The Raspberry Pi Foundation hosts regular online seminars focusing on current computing education research topics. Featuring presentations from researchers from around the world, the seminars provide the opportunity to hear about some of the latest work in the field of computing education research, make connections with fellow researchers, and take part in discussions.
All researchers, academics, educators, and students with an interest in computing education research are welcome!
Dates and format
The seminars take place on the first Tuesday each month at 17:00–18:30 BST / 12:00–13:30 EST / 9:00–10:30 PST / 18:00–19:30 CEST.
The focus of our seminars are on computing education research in school/with young people. We aim to present recent and relevant academic research through our line-up of speakers, who are all currently actively researching in the field. We hope you find their insights useful, and can take something away from each presentation for your own practice, study or research.
We’re also keen to encourage discussion where everyone’s views are welcome and listened to. We do this through breaking into small groups and sharing perspectives on the presentation. We hope that through these talks, we can build up a community of participants who will get to know others with similar interests — a bit like a very slow conference! Thus we really look forward to your participation and getting to know you.
We are delighted to launch a new series of six free seminars on the topic of cross-disciplinary computing, running from May to December 2022.
|4 Oct 2022
||Building tomorrow’s core computational curriculum||Conrad Wolfram (Wolfram)|
|8 Nov 2022
||Computing education in non-formal settings||Tracy Gardner & Rebecca Franks (Raspberry Pi Foundation)|
Building tomorrow’s core computational curriculum (4 Oct 2022)
Conrad Wolfram (Wolfram)
Coding in schools is a welcome addition to the curriculum. It is one part of delivering modern STEM and computational understanding, but traditional maths remains the stalwart computational subject in terms of time allocation, age-range, and importance attached to assessments in it. Is this what’s required for the core computational subject, fit for the AI age? And how does what we have at the moment between coding, maths and other STEM subjects match up? Does maths and coding empower computational literacy for all and enhanced computational thinking for a larger cohort in society? Can we parallel the benefits of mass literacy from the 19th century with a rise in mass computational literacy in the 21st?
In this talk, I will outline my team’s decade of work to map-out the solution: the first to build a core computational curriculum from scratch that assumes computers exist. I will give live examples of the results, explain the journey so far for this transformation, why I published “The Math(s) Fix” in 2020, and how action on delivering its proposal is urgent for society’s wellbeing.
Conrad Wolfram, physicist, mathematician and technologist, is Strategic Director and European Co-Founder/CEO of Wolfram – the “math company” behind Mathematica, Wolfram Language and Wolfram|Alpha (which powers knowledge answers for Apple’s Siri) for over 30 years. He is recognised as a thought leader in AI, data science and computation, pioneering a multiparadigm data science approach.
Conrad is also a leading advocate for a fundamental shift of math education to become computer-based or alternatively introduce a new core subject of computational thinking. He founded computerbasedmath.org and computationalthinking.org to fundamentally fix math education for the AI age – rebuilding the curriculum assuming computers exist. The movement is now a worldwide force in re-engineering the STEM curriculum. In 2020, Conrad released his groundbreaking book, TheMathsFix.org, to lay out, as a readable but comprehensive proposal, this reformation: from identifying the problem to a detailing solution and suggesting some of the ways we might get there.
Computing education in non-formal settings (8 Nov 2022)
Tracy Gardner & Rebecca Franks (Raspberry Pi Foundation)
Computing education research often focuses on the formal curriculum and how computing is taught in school, either discretely in CS lessons or across the curriculum. In this seminar we will discuss how non-formal computing provision makes a contribution to the computing eco-system and enables children to learn CS skills and knowledge regardless of whether it is available in the curriculum in their country or setting. We will share with you the results of a literature review recently conducted focusing on non-formal learning and then describe the 321 Make! Framework being adopted at the Raspberry Pi Foundation and its evaluation to date.
Dr Tracy Gardner has a Computer Science PhD, has worked in academia and industry as a computer scientist and has taught primary school computing. She has extensive experience as a mentor for Code Club, CoderDojo, and hack events for young people. Tracy is the co-author of micro:bit in Wonderland, and the co-creator of the picozero beginner Python library for programming Raspberry Pi Pico microcontrollers. Tracy currently works for the Raspberry Pi Foundation creating content for use in our clubs and for creators at home. Tracy entered computing through outreach activities targeting those who wouldn’t otherwise have had access and is keen to ensure that others have such opportunities.
Rebecca Franks has over 15 years’ experience teaching computing. She has been a faculty director and was part of the leadership team working on the Pupil Premium initiative in her school. She has a keen interest in diversity and inclusion and has volunteered for CAS Include for the last 10 years. CAS Include is a working group with a mission to increase diversity in computing by making the subject more inclusive. Rebecca joined the Raspberry Pi Foundation to work on creating classroom resources for the Teach Computing Curriculum, Oak National Academy, and Isaac Computer Science. She now works to create non-formal learning resources for the coding clubs and home learners the Foundation supports.