Spencer, from chemistry to coding, England
We live in a world that is just run by code and programming.
And for many of our students, if I don't introduce it at school, they will never experience programming.
Hello.I'm Spencer Organ and I am head of computer science at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy here in Birmingham.
I've been a teacher for well over 25 years now, and for 24 of those years I taught physics and also chemistry.
So after doing a degree in chemistry,I became a secondary school teacher.
And I've been really enjoying teaching science for a very long time.
But I realised that there weren't enough computer science teachers.
And I've always loved programming and I really got the idea that lots of free training out there,I could retrain to become computer science teacher, and I could introduce computer science on the curriculum at my school.
Code Club was a really nice vehicle for me to get students into programming and digital making.
Before, computer science was an option at the school, so Code Club originally ran in my science lab around the Bunsen burners and all the kind of science equipment.
And we would do some programming on a Friday afternoon, making LEDs flash and a little bit of Minecraft.
And from that, the students really got an excit-an exciting sense of what programming and digital making could be.
So when I decided to change from being a science teacher to a computer science teacher, there were loads of courses and options you could find online. And lot of them required some really sort of specific prior knowledge and skills.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation's resources take you from a complete novice, a complete beginner, my very first LED flashing on and off, to being able to teach computational thinking and algorithms.
So it was a really clear progression from using the Raspberry Pi resources that helped take me from a physics teacher to, who could use electricity to turn light and LED on, to a programmer, who could teach how to use this in our digital making for our students.
So when I'm not at school,I'm at home in my home maker space.This is obviously an extension of my classroom.
One of the real benefits of digital making at home is I get a chance to check out all the projects and what to use for school, in Code Club, or in the classroom.
And most of my classroom is full of 3D printed models, projects, my latest R2-D2, little Raspberry Pi-powered robot.
And a lot of projects start off life here in the maker space.It's really exciting to see how students have embraced computer science as a brand new subject at school. The take up of GCSE for our first year option was fantastic.
There's 25 students and this year I've really got students asking about is there an option group for next year and how can I get on to it. Students are almost blown away by all the resources now.
We've spent a lot of time building two great classrooms.We are fully equipped with Raspberry Pis in the room.We have a massive amount of kind of hardware and resources as well. It's just the students are so excited about their use.
There are so many doors that programming and coding and digital making can open.
And sometimes knowing where to start is difficult.I want my young students here, regardless of their backgrounds, regardless of their area they've been brought up in to have the same experiences as all of students in the country.
And the work I do with Raspberry Pi, the work I do with Code Club, is a way of opening those doors for our young people.