Computer Science Education - Computer Science and Software Engineering - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Computer Science Education

We have also been given the nickname the Department of Fun Stuff

Tim Bell email - @timbell Jack Morgan email - @jackmorgannz Caitlin Duncan email - @cduncs42 Heidi Newton email Tracy Henderson email Hayley van Waas email - @hayleyavw - website Jordan Griffiths email Sam Jarman email - @samjarman - website David Thompson

Main Projects

Computer Science Unplugged

A long time ago – Present

CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

Computer Science Field Guide

August 2012 – Present

The "Computer Science Field Guide" is an open source online resource for teaching Computer Science to students, with curriculum guides for teachers.

Big Ideas of Computer Science

Jan 2017 – Present

This project seeks to help educators and curriculum designers fit the details of a curriculum into the bigger picture - the "Big Ideas" of Computer Science.

Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) Conference

We organise the largest CS4HS conference in New Zealand for secondary school teachers to learn about computer science and programming, and how to teach it in their schools. In 2014, we had 120 teachers travel to Christchurch for the 3 day intensive conference.

Computer Science for Primary Schools (CS4PS) Conference

2011 – Present

CS4PS is a primary school version of the CS4HS event, to help primary school teachers prepare for the new DT curriculum. It is currently focussed on supporting local primary schools who are early adopters with the new curriculum.

Old Projects

Computer Science Badges


A badge system for computing clubs.

Computer Science Club

2012 – 2013

A group of pilot clubs teaching Computer Science and programming to students aged 10 to 15 years. We had around 100 students attend our clubs over the time it ran.


For information about the Computer Science Education research group, see the report from 4 Feb 2011.

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