The largest technology for girls event in the UK is back!

After the huge success of #NEDigitalGirls 2015, Accenture in partnership with Stemettes are pleased to confirm the event will be returning to

The Sage – Gateshead on 28th January 2016.

Last year 300 school girls learnt to code, saw a 3D printer in action and even built their own website!

This year 1000+ School Girls aged 11-13 will spend the day taking part in a series of exciting and interactive technology sessions to raise the profile of STEM.

The event is going to be bigger, better and even more digital!

Now is your opportunity to register your interest for the 2016 event. Please contact: indicating how many places you would like for your school (between 10 – 100 places) by Friday 30th October 2015.

Ideally 1 teacher per 10 students.

Accenture will confirm place allocation in November and the next steps for the registration process.


Google Computer Science First Clubs – Google CS

Each CS First club is based on a real-world theme and offers about 10 hours worth of lessons and activities. The different club themes aim to attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All materials are targeted at students in 4th – 8th grades (or between the ages of 9 – 14) and are free and easy to use.

CS First is expanding across the country with a simple mission in mind: to provide free, engaging computer science education programs to students in grades 4-8. We do this by relying on people like you!


We are happy to support with delivery or act as a venue for anybody who would like to set up a club.

Click here to find out more…


The BBC micro:bit is the new pocket size computer that will be given free to every Year 7 child later this term (see:

In preparation, on 6th October CAS North East is hosting the free BBC micro:bit Roadshow for the North East of England at the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University. The event is organised through Computing At School in collaboration with Microsoft, the BBC and other micro:bit partners.

The outline for the day is:


09:00-09:30 Registration

09:30-10:00 Roadshow Introduction and introduction to the micro:bit

10:00-12:00 Workshop 1 – how to use the BBC micro:bit in the classroom and getting round technical problems

12:00-12:20 Break

12:20-13:30 Workshop 2 – creative planning for the BBC micro:bit

13:20-13:50 Lunch

13:50-14:50 Workshop 3 – exploring ideas for classroom pedagogy with the BBC micro:bit

14:50-15:10 Break

15:10-16:10 Workshop 4 – running BBC micro:bit CPD sessions for colleagues

16:10-16:30 Plenary Q & A and next steps


This is a hands on workshop aimed at Secondary Teachers who are keen to share the skills gained in this workshop with their Secondary colleagues. CAS Secondary Master Teachers, NoE Hub leaders, NoE Lead Schools, Local Authority Trainers, Secondary school cluster representatives are particularly encouraged to sign up.


Access to a CAS CRC BBC micro:bit Roadshow in a Box set of resources will be provided.


The event is free and you can register at:



Spaces are limited but there is a wait list and more tickets will be released if they become available.


Think U Know

ceop think u know



All CEOP’s “Think u Know” resources are free to download and use (subject to validation).  However, to deliver the
11-16 programme you are required to complete the FREE CEOP “Think u Know” training course.  We also recommend that professionals using CEOP resources at any Key Stage
attend this course.

Objectives of the course:

  • Introduce the resources available through the programme;
  • Explain how the programme can be introduced to pupils;
  • To increase understanding of many of the most popular
    applications young people are using in the online and
    mobile environment
  • These and a wide range of other resources will be available for immediate use in school.

Who should attend: KS3/4 teachers, Child Protection Officers or
other staff responsible for the delivery of E-Safety in the school.

Date: TBC

Time: 1pm to 4.00pm

Cost: Free!!

Maths in Motion


The Jaguar Maths in Motion challenge develops among many other skills, percentages, multiplication, division, decimals, chance, strategy, angles, measurement, scale, speed, distance, time, modelling and so much more.


The rules are easy… get your maths right, make the correct decisions and you will stand a chance of winning a race……… get your maths wrong and you run the risk of crashing your car, blowing up the engine or not even make it to the starting line! What could be simpler?


Objectives of the course:

  • To give a working knowledge of the programme;
  • To use maths in a meaningful way
  • To explore how Maths in Motion can support maths learning in school

Who should attend: KS3 practitioners and 3 students

Date: 15th October or 16th October 2015

Venue: OpenZone CLC, Temple Park Road, South Shields

Time: 9.30am  – 2.45pm

Come along and experience the fun!

Please note that this is a Learn Together course where 1 member of staff and 3 students attend.


First Lego League 2015- Trash Trek

Let’s get building!

Welcome back everybody! We hope you have had a fantastic summer break.

It’s that time of year when we launch our annual Lego event First Lego League.

The theme for this year’s competition is Trash Trek.


2015 TRASH TREK Challenge

We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up! In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO League TRASH TREKSM Challenge, more than 233,000 children ages 9 to 14 from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye. Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash!

Please note that the competition is open to 9-14 year olds so participants from our Primary and Secondary schools are encouraged to participate.

The Launch meeting will be held at

OpenZone –  Wednesday 16th September 2015  @ 4pm.

Please come along to find out more and to see this year’s table and models for the first time.

We will give you all the information you need. Even if your school has not taken part before, don’t be frightened! It really is a great competition and lots of fun for the students AND staff.




nxt vs ev3

We have lots of new EV3 robots. So, sessions can be delivered to students using either Lego NXt Mindstorms or Ev3. Either robot can be used for the challenge.

Don’t worry if this new interface looks a little more complicated.

We are also hosting a staff training event using EV3’s delivered by Lego Education on

Tuesday 13th October 2015 4 – 5:30pm.

This is a FREE event. so please come along and get to know your EV3 robot.


Scratch It!


Introduction to Game Design

In the last week of term we hosted our summer Scratch It! School attended by Year 8 students from Mortimer Community College. 42 students worked hard to produce their own computer games using Scratch. They produced some fantastic results and had lots of fun along the way.

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Shaun’s Game Academy

If you would like to have a go with Scratch why not check out this competition. Aardman Animations have teamed up with The Nominet Trust and are releasing a characters, places and props from the world of Shaun the Sheep  into the Scratch coding platform.

There are cool games and lots of FREE resources as well as PRIZES!

Check it out… 


Be quick though as all entries need to be in by 1st September 2014.