• Technologies

Block Coding, STEM, Robotics, Electronics - Primary, Middle

PL # 11651.
Starting on 18 May 2018
Cancellation permitted until 11/05/2018

Event registrations closed on 11/05/2018


Block Coding, characterised by drag-and-drop code blocks, is a quick and easy way to get students to start designing and building their own coding projects. Undertaking PROJECT DESIGN WORK is a key requirement for the authentic assessment of content, knowledge and processes in the Digital Technologies subject.

During this full day workshop we will explore different block coding apps and interactive websites, looking particularly at the basic blocks that can be used to address the key requirements of the curriculum; the language of coding; the COMPUTATIONAL THINKING strategies and the DESIGN THINKING process that underpin the curriculum in primary years; similarities and differences between tools(transferable knowledge); creating and reading simple flowcharts; and block coding used to control ROBOTICS devices.

In the course of the workshop, integrated STEM projects will be discussed - particularly using Blockly with KODEKLIX electronics kits to create COMPUTER CONTROLLED SYSTEMS.

Apps like OzoBlockly with Ozobots, Sphero Lab with SpheroSRK+, Scratch Jnr, Scratch and other generic block coding interactives on websites that support Digital Technologies.


Jan Clarke (AISWA Staff)

Manager Of Learning Technologies And STEM

Jan Clarke has been with AISWA since 2008. She has teaching experience in both primary and secondary education, including G&T and Computing education, HoLA for Technology and Enterprise and management of competency-based certificate qualifications. She has now actively incorporated ICT in her teaching for over 25 years and has a strong belief in its potential for enhancing and extending student engagement and learning. Jan has a BEd (Curriculum), Grad Dip in Comp Sci (Education) and a Cert IV in WTA. In addition to the core business of supporting schools with ICT integration, at AISWA she has: assisted schools with the introduction of the WACE T&E subjects; represented AISWA on panels for SCSA and ACARA; reported on impacts of the DER; collaborated with ECU and UWA on research projects; represented AISWA with papers and workshops at conferences in Australia and overseas and has developed and shared many ICT-related teaching and learning resources.

Peter Crosbie (AISWA Staff)

Assistant Director

Peter Crosbie was appointed Assistant Director in January 2016. This leadership role includes developing AISWA’s capability in STEM and learning technologies and working effectively with teachers and other stakeholders across the state.

Peter has a professional engineering qualification and has extensive industrial and business experience which includes working for defence establishments and a variety of engineering consultancies.

He has worked for many years in the Western Australian education system including 12 years at Hale School as a teacher and Head of Technology. Whilst at Hale School for more than seven years, Peter was an Adjunct Lecturer in Design and Technology at Edith Cowan University Perth. He has been a member of many state and national educational working groups and steering committees. He is the Contact Liaison Officer (CLO) for Scootle in the (WA) Independent School jurisdiction and is responsible for the registration of schools new to Scootle and training of Scootle administrators and teachers.



Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 09:00
Finishes: 15:00


AISWA Seminar Room (First Floor)
Suite 5, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017


Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Location Specifics

Lunch and morning tea provided.

Learning Area

  • Technologies

School Area

  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)

Event Contact

AITSL Standards