Computer Science

We have a number of Computer Science outreach programs for VCE and Year 9 and 10 students available at our Melbourne and Bendigo campuses.

Our workshops are created alongside academics and align with high school curriculum.

To ensure students and teachers alike get the most out of our workshop we have endeavoured to create a series of sessions that cover a broad range of subjects including coding, data security, virtual reality, app creation, software and hardware.

Our workshops give students a chance to learn about new and emerging technologies through hands-on experience.

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Middle years

Making IT Big

Curriculum: Any Year Level, Computer Science

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: Free

Class capacity: 20 students

Information Technology (IT) is a fast-paced industry providing many development opportunities between design concept and product. In this workshop, IT specialists mentor students on the software and hardware supporting a variety of innovative design concepts, potentially including new App ideas, a new electronic device or a new IT approach to solving problems.

Our staff also guide students in submitting entries to numerous state and national IT competitions. Information Technology specialists will judge students’ projects, with the most innovative and well implemented (per year level) winning the “Make IT big” award.

This Award is presented in November in front of more than 300 tertiary students and representatives of industry and academia at La Trobe University’s annual Engineering and Information Technology Showcase.

Create Your Own App

Curriculum: Years 9 and 10, Computer Science

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $20 per student

Class capacity: 25 students

The next killer tablet or iPhone App is just around the corner, and who knows, it could be yours! Do you know just what developers need to think about when they start building new Apps? This workshop covers:

  • design principles involved in app creation
  • using our tools to create their own prototype for a new App

Escape to Virtual Reality

Curriculum: Years 9 and 10, Computer Science

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $24 per student

Class capacity: 25 students

Ever been lost in the virtual world of your favourite game? In this workshop our Computer Science specialists take the gaming experience from the console or PC and place it onto individual virtual reality (VR) headsets. In this workshop, students:

  • create an immersive 3D virtual environment on industry‑leading game development software
  • deploy their virtual environment to their smart phones for use in their VR headsets

*At the end of the session, students take their VR headsets home.

Creative Robotix - build your own robot

Curriculum: Years 9, 10 and 11, Computer Science

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Duration: 6 hours (depending on year level)

Cost: $15-$20 per student plus $100 per robot

Class capacity: 12 students (one robot per student or one robot per 3 students)

This workshop draws on the latest cutting-edge technology in open source software, hardware and manufacturing.

In this workshop students:

  • see how technology can be used to design and build a customisable 3D printed robot called Codee
  • construct the robot from a bag of bits
  • keep their creations for further development at school

Creative Robotix - write a robot's program

Curriculum: Years 9, 10 and 11, Computer Science

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Duration: 1-2 hours (depending on year level)

Cost: $15-$20 per student

Class capacity: 20 students

Robots are set to change our lives in dramatic ways helping us harvest, cook drive our cars and walk our pets. Smart programs or AI (Artificial Intelligence) will help make this robotic revolution a near-future reality.

In this workshop students:

  • learn how to program a robot using the popular text-based language Python or visual blocks (Scratch programming)
  • gain problem-solving skills
  • write small programs to control a robot

No experience needed. Please indicate programming language at time of booking.

VCE

Connectivity in a High-Tech World – Designing Networks

Curriculum: VCE Applied Computing Unit 2

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $20 per student

Class capacity: 24 students

Thinking in Code

Curriculum: VCE Applied Computing Unit 3 - Software Development

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Duration: 3 hours

Cost: $20 per student

Class capacity: 24 students

Coding is a process by which thoughts are translated into computational instructions. The ability to work in teams to develop this process is highly sought after by the Information Technology (IT) industry and constitutes the rationale for this workshop.

Students work in teams of four on a series of product development challenges, mentored by computer science graduates.

The programming language used is negotiated ahead of time by arrangement. This workshop is split into two parts, one each for the design and implementation processes. At the conclusion, students present their solutions and a winner is selected by consensus. The competitive aspect of this workshop follows a “hackathon” format, in which a large number of people engage in collaborative computer programming.

Data and Data Management - The Science of Informatics

Curriculum: VCE Applied Computing Unit 3 - Data Analytics

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Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $20 per student

Class capacity: 24 students

Data is the currency of our highly technological society. Security, however is a major concern. In this workshop, students examine big questions about how society:

  • produces data
  • consumes data
  • secures data

Students review case studies where vulnerabilities have resulted in loss of privacy and financial problems. This workshop includes an introduction to the transmission of data using hardware that comprises the backbone of networks and the wider internet. Students intercept messages, encrypt data and learn the basics of safeguarding their devices and maintaining secure online behaviour.

For enquiries please contact SHE outreach (03 9479 6516), join our mailing list or download our brochure [PDF 1MB].