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

PL # 11651

  • Starting on 18 May 2018
  • Cancellation permitted until 11 May 2018
  • Event registrations closed on 11 May 2018

Delivery Format :

Event registration is Closed


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 <span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Jan Clarke has been with AISWA since 2008. She has 40 years of primary and secondary teaching experience, including G&T and Computing, HoLA for T&E and Certificate qualifications. She actively incorporated ICT in her teaching for over 30 years and has a strong belief in its potential for student engagement and learning. Jan has a BEd (Curriculum), Grad Dip in Comp Sci (Education) and a Cert IV in WTA. On behalf of AISWA she has: led the roll-outs of all WACE T&E subjects, the ICT Capabilities and K-10 Technologies subjects; represented AISWA for ISA, SCSA and ACARA and various STEM initiatives; supported the DER; collaborated with universities on research projects; delivered keynotes, papers and workshops at national and international conferences; developed and shared many practical ICT-related resources, including internationally published works; and managed the multi-skilled AISWA Tech Team. She takes great pride in supporting WA Independent Schools.

Peter Crosbie (AISWA Staff)

Assistant Director

Peter Crosbie <span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

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.


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Event Segment

Date / Time

18 May 2018 Starts: 09:00 Finishes: 15:00

Delivery Format : In Person

AISWA Seminar Room (First Floor)

Location Specifics Lunch and morning tea provided.

PL Hours : 5.50

Learning Area

  • Technologies

School Area

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

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