Creative Mathematical Sciences Communication
Wellington - New Zealand
21st - 23rd July 2018
The bi-annual CMSC conference is the leading international gathering of researchers and teachers on computational thinking outreach and communication.
The 4th Creative Mathematical Sciences Communication (CMSC 2018) will be held 21–23 July 2018, hosted by The Learning Connexion - School of Creativity and Art (TLC).
This conference follows a series that explores new ways of helping students to achieve 21st Century competencies in mathematics and computer science focusing on algorithmic and computational thinking such as found in the Computer Science Unplugged materials and activities (www.csunplugged.org). The conference features keynote talks by researchers and communicators with original work in popularizing mathematics and computer science and sharing of experience by activists with extensive experience in education and outreach.
- Round table discussion with Ministries of Education and other officials involved in curriculum decision making.
- Authors of Computer Science Unplugged! Tim Bell (Univ Canterbury), Ian Witten (Waikato Univ) and Mike Fellows (Univ Bergen)
- Experiences and innovations by teacher leaders such as Matt Skoss, creator of ‘math-no-fear’. Matt has been a Specialist Teacher-ICT at Centralian Middle School in Alice Springs for over 25 years.
- Bebras links with CS Unplugged by Bebras users such as Brett Stevenson (Tasmania)
Goals for CMSC 2018
Computational thinking is being included in the New Zealand curricula and that of other countries. Now is the time to provide teachers and forward-looking education ministries with activities that help them implement the computational thinking objectives. The CMSC 2018 goal is to produce ten more Computer Science Unplugged activities, such as a Machine Learning or a Cloud Computing activity. Please join scientists, researchers, teachers, and artists of all sorts in developing new ways of communicating computational thinking to children and to the public. We need activities in a variety of forms including dance, graphic arts, and theatre. We need many more ways to offer computational thinking to children.
The CMSC 2018 provides an excellent opportunity to accomplish this goal because we have ample lead time to discuss possible activities prior to meeting in New Zealand, and once at TLC we will have the artists of Jonathan and Alice’s The Learning Connexion Institute to help implement the ideas into an activity. Already Tim, Matt and Brett and others are working with teachers who will use the activities.
Please note that the conference will be streamed live. Let your school/parents know the times and URL of the live streaming.
Previous CMSC conferences are:
3rd) CMSC2017 University of Luebeck, Germany
1st) CMSC2013 Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia