Dave Gibbs's public profile

UsernameDave Gibbs
Emaild.gibbs@stem.org.uk
OrganisationNational STEM Centre
Current RoleConsultant/adviser

I am the Computing and Technology Specialist for STEM Learning leading on computing curriculum resources, projects and CPD.

I have taught science, including Physics to A-Level, before becoming a curriculum leader in ICT. I then managed a City Learning Centre in my home town of Sheffield, and led secondary computing and ICT support for secondary schools in Sheffield LA.

Areas of interest include teaching programming and computer science, space robotics, and making use of computation to support learning across STEM.

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Maths in Computer Science

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Logo Resources

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ScratchJr Resources

28 Jul 16
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Kodu resources

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Scratch Resources

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BBC micro:bit: this year’s best free gift for science and design and technology teachers

By Dave Gibbs, Computing and Technology Specialist, National STEM Centre You may have heard of micro:bit. If not, don’t worry, you will. Arriving in the hands of every 11-12 year old in the country during the spring term, it is BBC Education’s biggest project in 30 years. The micro:bit is a tiny programmable device – a small...

BBC Micro:bit - this year’s best free gift for science and design and technology teachers

You may have heard of micro:bit. If not, don’t worry, you will. Arriving in the hands of every 11-12 year old in the country during the spring term, it is BBC Education’s biggest project in 30 years.The micro:bit is a tiny programmable device – a small computer. And it’s free.This is great, but why should science and design and technology teachers...


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Scratching the surface: coding ideas for primary schools

A secondary school computing teacher told me recently that children from one of their feeder schools had no experience of Scratch (an almost-ubiquitous block-based programming environment) so they had to provide some remedial intervention. The surprising thing about this statement is that only one of the schools doesn't use the...


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Girls Can Code - so why aren't they?

Girls Can Code is a BBC Three programme where five girls, who confess to disliking technology, are challenged to create a successful app in five days, or more accurately, five grown women with different interests. All of these girls who like their tech, without understanding how it works, come up with a marketable idea for an app that is...


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Bringing AI and robots into the classroom

From films like I, Robot to the current BBC series on Intelligent machines, artificial intelligence is a topic which excites students and brings together science, technology, engineering, maths and computing in fascinating contexts. The development of artificial intelligence seems to be gaining pace now (see these fifteen key moments in...


Zero Robotics is out of this world

Zero Robotics is a computing competition that is, literally, out of this world. Organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and NASA, and welcoming entries from ESA member states (including the UK), it offers secondary school students the chance to solve space challenges and control robots on the International...


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I'm a Computing CPD lead - get me out of here!

So, you took an interest in the new computing curriculum. You made some changes to your old ICT schemes of work, developed some interesting new approaches, maybe learned some new skills to match all the new words in your vocabulary (who new decomposition meant something other than rotting, and that pattern recognition isn’t just done when shopping...


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Unlocking encryption – can data ever be secret?

Encryption has been a hot topic for some time now. High profiles leaks of classified information have revealed large scale surveillance programs such as Prism that appear to have skirted around laws of privacy and human rights. Some claim the US National Security Agency gained direct access to the servers of internet giants such as Google and...


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Where can teachers of computing go for help and support?

The greatest source of help for teachers of computing is... Other teachers of computing! The community that has sprung up, through largely organic means, is very strong and the attitude is firmly "we're all in this together".The education community is benefiting from enthusiasts who have maintained their subject knowledge at a level above that...


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Hands-on programming with robots

In this, the first of a series on educational robot technologies, Computing and Technology Specialist Dave Gibbs discusses Lego systems for primary and secondary school learners.I have yet to find a child who doesn’t get excited upon hearing the word ‘Lego’, although I am told they do exist. For an educator, bringing out Lego often results in...


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