Digital Technologies Teacher PD – Serious Game Creation- USC Caboolture
About this event
The Make, Integrate, Explore (MIE) Lab provides opportunities for school students, teachers, parents and the community to learn and engage in STEM activities and experiences.
In this practical, hands-on workshop, we teach you how to use a free online tool called Scratch and block-based coding to support your students to create a serious game to educate others.
The game we will design in the session is based on the Primary Connections, Year 4 Biological Sciences unit called ‘Among the Gum Trees’. It could be utilised as an assessment task for students to demonstrate their understanding of the science concept as well as their coding and computational thinking skills.
These lessons and resources have been designed by teachers and used in schools for the past two years. While the session will be particularly useful for those planning to teach this unit of work, the concepts may be adapted for other years and subjects.
No prior experience with coding is required and any educator with an interest in the topic is welcome. Just bring along your laptop with Scratch downloaded.
What will I learn?
• Practical experience and confidence delivering STEM lessons in schools
• How to design and code serious games using Scratch
• How to use serious games as an educational tool in a classroom setting
• To motivate school students to have positive attitudes toward higher education
What do I need to bring?
• Laptop – (prior to this event please download the Scratch app here: https://scratch.mit.edu/download)
This session provides you the opportunity to learn more about our program and what we do in the community. Develop your own confidence and skills in a classroom teaching Digital Technologies as well and as educating yourself and your students about STEM career opportunities!
MIE Lab project is supporting the Crystallising STEM Careers project funded by a National Careers Institute Partnerships grant.