Engagement

Technocamp

Our engagement work relates to public awareness, contributions to the local community and cooperation with industry.

We ensure that our work has an impact outside of academia by establishing strong links with local high schools and outreach organisations within the Cardiff community.

STEM Ambassador Scheme

We have established a team of student STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassadors who visit local primary and secondary schools to deliver workshops to pupils on coding and other important elements of computer science.

In the STEM scheme's pilot year, ambassadors visited 14 schools around South Wales reaching more than 100 pupils and staff. Building on that success, we have recently recruited a new, larger batch of students as demand for the scheme grows. We aim to continue this scheme and encourage our students to get involved.

It’s given me lots to try and think about and an idea of what is expected when teaching computer science.

Teacher, Tasker Milward Secondary

Technocamps

The STEM Ambassador Scheme supports the University’s work as a Technocamps hub, a Welsh Government programme providing young people aged 11-19 with computing-based outreach sessions.

We learnt how to problem solve when writing a python program, big sense of accomplishment lots of fun.

Year 12 pupil

Technohubs aim to enhance the new computer science curriculum in schools. They also give students and teachers an appreciation of computer science at university level.

Our students deliver Technocamps workshops on introductory programming languages such as Logo, Python, Scratch and Greenfoot, providing a gentle and fun introduction to computer science.

STEM Ambassadors have also contributed to activities within our School, assisting at Teacher Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops, University open days and College events such as the STEM Conference and STEM Live events.

Feedback from both teachers attending the CPD training and pupils taking part in our workshops has been extremely positive.

Programming is fun and better when it is practiced more. It is also really rewarding when you debug something and you wrack your brain for what feels like ages – then it works.

Year 9 pupil, following a Technocamps workshop

Contact us

If you are a school wanting to find out more about our workshops, please contact:

COMSC Ambassadors