Python is an interpreted text based general purpose programming language and is also the only professional programming language that was designed with beginners in mind; it is intuitive and easy to use.
This workshop is a hands on introduction to Python in the classroom, in it we will step through a learning sequence that covers the fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops and if statements and then apply this knowledge to solve 3 computational thinking problems.
The workshop is targeted at teachers of Years 7-10
By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:
- Describe and illustrate key concepts like data types variables, loops and if statements
- Use native python string functions to perform capitalisation, concatenation and various other string formatting operations
- Write a program that authenticates a correct user name and password
- Write a search algorithm which finds a number between 1 and 100 with 6 yes / no questions
- Analyse and solve 3 problems from famous school age coding competitions ( Advent of Code and Bebras Challenge)
About the presenter
Sanjin Dedić has a B.Eng in Mechatronic Systems majoring in Robotics and Computer Vision and spent several years working industry as an Engineer. He then retrained as a teacher and taught Systems Engineering and Digital Technologies at a secondary level. Recently he has been developing a series of technology programs for G.A.T.E.WAYS (gifted and talented education) covering everything from coding, robotics, applied mathematics and microcontrollers. These programs have been delivered to students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Queensland. As a head of eLearning at Techxellent he has combined his technological expertise with his educational experience to create innovative teacher training programs and resources.