Schools & teachers

The School of Information Technologies is working to foster relationships with schools, teachers and school students around NSW, and Australia. Below is a summary of the activities we run for high school students and teachers. For more information please use the links below or to be included on our outreach email list and poster mailout.

Girls' Programming Network

The Girls' Programming Network (GPN) is an extra-curricular program run by girls, for girls. In this one-day workshop participants have the opportunity to develop their own games, learn about digital media, sound, image and video manipulation and even create smart phone applications.

Who: For female students in high school interested in Computers and Information Technology, with or without programming experience.

One workshop per term. The dates for 2015 are:

Term 1: Saturday 28 February 2015 (School term week 5)

Term 2: Sunday 31 May 2015 (School term week 6)

Term 3: Saturday 8 August 2015 (School term week 4)

Term 4: Sunday 1 November 2015 (School term week 4)

Where: School of IT Building, University of Sydney
Cost: Free
More info: Girls' Programming Network website

NCSS Challenge

The NCSS Challenge is a five week competition giving high school students an opportunity to learn and experience computer programming. The Challenge is designed to cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
Who: High school students and teachers who want to learn Python
When: The NCSS Challenge runs for 5 weeks, commencing on Monday 3rd August 2015.
Where: Online at the NCSS Challenge website
Cost: $20 per student or teacher (including GST)
More info: NCSS Challenge website

National Computer Science School (2016)

An intensive 10-day computer programming and website development summer school.

Who: Students entering year 11 or 12 in 2016, and teachers
When: Sunday 3rd - Tuesday 12th January, 2016
Where: School of IT and The Women's College, University of Sydney
Cost: $440 per student or teacher (including GST)
More info: National Computer Science School website

Timetabling for High School Teachers

A free web site for high school timetabling has been created by Dr. Jeffrey H. Kingston, an Honorary Associate and researcher at the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney.

Any number of times, meetings, student groups, teachers, rooms and other resources may be entered. Features include double periods, triple periods etc., even spread of meeting times through the week and between morning and afternoon slots, preassigned times and resources, resource capabilities, unavailable times, hard and soft workload limits, staff meetings, runarounds, electives and other complex meetings. After all requirements are entered, the site will produce a timetable, usually in about ten seconds, which can then be evaluated, displayed in several formats, or downloaded.

For more information, visit the KTS High School Timetabling System.