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Problems First, a new chapter

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Two members of the Computing Division of the University of Northampton have contributed a chapter to the book  Software Industry-Oriented Education Practices and Curriculum Development: Experiences and Lessons  edited by Drs. Matthew Hussey, Xiaofei Xu and Bing Wu.  ISBN: 978-1609607975IGI Global to be published later this year.
Problems First
Gary Hill and Scott Turner

ABSTRACT
This chapter considers the need to focus initial programming education on problem-solving, in advance of programming syntax and software design methodology. The main vehicle for this approach is simple Lego based robots programmed in Java, followed by the programming of a graphical representation/simulation to develop programming skills. Problem solving is not trivial (Beaumont & Fox, 2003) and is an important skill, central to computing and engineering.
An approach will be considered, illustrated with a series of problem-solving tasks that increase in complexity at each stage and give the students practice in …

Best Engineering Event Award.

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The school was received a national award by Engineering UK and the British Science Association for an event during National Science and Engineering week – Best Engineering Event Award. 
The event Girls can do it too on Wednesday 16th March, had more than girls from schools across the county spent a day at Avenue Campus exploring science and engineering  through 

drama, workshops keynote speakers.
The credit goes to Tricia Goodchild,  Champion for Girls in Engineering.in the school who also recently won the WISE outreach award.
Some of these activities were supported by internal Widening Participation fund provided by DELTAE:-Engineering and Science - You can do it too! For Primary School Children 8 year olds
Girls into Engineering - During National Science Week

"It also illustrates how Widening Participation project funding can  support innovative activity   and enhance collaboration  between various WP projects  led by different Schools.( eg, the Girls into Engineering event and the…

Mind the Gender Gap – Reflections on addressing gender diversity in Computing and Engineering

Members of the school are to present a paper at the Learning Global Conference, Northampton 11th May 2011 on the work done within the school on addressing the gender gap in engineering and computer-engineering.


Presenter: Tricia Goodchild, Rashmi Dravid and Scott Turner


Summary
Worldwide, many studies have shown that numbers of women choosing to study and work in the respective industries is low in  both Computing  (for example Wilson, 2003; Tillberg and McGrath 2005) and Engineering (only 9% of UK engineering professionals are women (IET 2010)). Figures from EngineeringUK (2010) show the UK lags behind the rest of Europe for the percentage of females students obtaining first degrees in Mathematics/Computer Science (UK [27%] compared with Europe [32%],and Engineering (UK[15%], compared with Europe [20%]). 
This presentation is a reflective account of the range of activities (including some which are award winning (see http://www.stemnet.org.uk/news/view/1232149)), which the School of Scie…

More Nominations: Girls into Engineering Event

The Girls into Engineering Event for Year 8’s in National Science Week has been shortlisted with three other institutions for the  Best Engineering Event Award.  This event is expected to attended by 110 girls and their teachers.
This event has supported by funding  from DELTA E.
For more details contact:Trish GoodchildCo Sec/Placement Manager - Northants Engineering Training PartnershipChampion for Girls into Engineering & ScienceUniversity of NorthamptonTel: 01604 893005