Owers Lecture 2009
Can we reverse the decline in schools' computing, especially with girls?
10th December 2009
Oracle's City Office in Moorgate, London
I would like to invite you to participate in the fifth in a series of annual lectures to address the issues surrounding manufacturing, technology and education.
Can computing be viewed as a form of manufacturing in the knowledge economy? Why is it in such decline in schools, especially amongst girls?
In 2005 there were 7242 students sitting A Level computing exams, 815 of these were female. By 2014 that is predicted to drop to around 1500 and all of them will be male, based on figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
Dr Stan Owers’ thesis claimed that the human species evolved in symbiosis with technology since the stone age. What part has computing in such evolution?
The evening will begin with a focused presentation by our guest speaker, Kate Sim, followed by a brief response from Professor Stephen Heppell, leaving ample time for discussion.
Kate Sim is a part-time teacher, Open University tutor and robot fan. She teaches computing and robotics at higher and secondary levels, enjoys exploring the use of technology in education and is actively involved with RoboCup at national and international levels. Kate will describe her work, raise issues arising from her practice and address wider issues, particularly in relation to girls.
Professor Stephen Heppell inaugurated this lecture series as head of Ultralab in 2004 to promote the important debate about education and industry which Dr Stan Owers explored in his doctoral thesis.
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