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Hamilton: Tinker Time - Digital coding in the Classroom (Year 3-10) 2024

2nd Oct 2024
09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Te Whai Toi Tangata, University of Waikato, Gate 3B Te Koorama Place Off Silverdale Road Hamilton New Zealand 3216
Computational thinking was added to the NZ English medium curriculum in 2020 but what exactly is it? Join us at this hands-on day where we will support you in understanding a range of block-based coding platforms so you can lead learning around computational thinking in digital contexts. You don't need to be an expert but you might feel like one by the end of the day! We'll get to grips with Micro:bits and a range of robots and explore how you could integrate these in your school's authentic contexts.

For teachers of year 3 - 10


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Session 1

Session Details
Date: 2 October 2024
Session: 9.00am - 3.00pm
Location: Te Whai Toi Tangata, University of Waikato - Hamilton Campus
Venue: Conference room - TC.1.04
Address: Gate 5/164 Hillcrest Road, Hillcrest 
Session Content
  • Unpack the computational thinking area of the digital technology curriculum - demystify the jargon and get to know the intent of this area.
  • Hands-on time with Micro:bits and a variety of robots to explore their features with engaging challenges to complete.
  • Explore the notion of ‘authentic contexts’ for computational thinking and how to integrate this area across the curriculum.
  • Support in deciding which devices best suit your needs and school’s context. 
Please bring both a laptop and iPad (with permission to install apps on iPad) if available
Jan-Marie Kellow

Jan-Marie is passionate about the way digital technologies and inquiry-based learning can make a... More

Stephen Ross

With a background in secondary school science education, Stephen is currently a facilitator with... More

Duration: 6 hours



  • Hamilton: Tinker Time - Digital Coding in the Classroom (Year 3-10) 2024

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Contact & Venue Location


Te Whai Toi Tangata, University of Waikato
Gate 3B
Te Koorama Place
Off Silverdale Road
New Zealand 3216

Event Organiser

Te Whai Toi Tangata Workshop Team
07 838 4575

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