[python-uk] URGENT: Volunteers for teacher collaboration please... :-)

Steve (Gadget) Barnes gadgetsteve at hotmail.com
Wed Feb 17 12:40:31 EST 2016

On 17/02/2016 08:30, Nicholas H.Tollervey wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I realise I must sound like a stuck record about this sort of thing -
> please accept my sincere apologies.
> TL;DR: I need volunteers from around the country to support a twilight
> meetup of teachers happening in various parts of the UK. It's not
> difficult and likely to be a lot of fun and will only take a few hours
> of your time in the early evening of a single day. I may be able to
> cover travel expenses. Please get in touch. More detail below...
> Computing at School (see: http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/), a grass
> roots movement of computing teachers in the UK would like to run a
> series of training courses for "Master Teachers" in MicroPython on the
> BBC micro:bit during March. These teachers would go on to act as the
> seed / catalyst for other teachers who require Python training during a
> series of training events over the summer. Put simply, this is an
> exercise in Python evangelism for teachers.
> Master teachers are those who have demonstrated a combination of deep
> subject knowledge and teaching skill. Put simply, they're the most
> senior teachers you can get. They're also the leaders in the field and
> what they say or do influences many hundreds of their colleagues.
> The idea is for the master teachers to get together with Python
> developers (that'd be *you*) for a few hours to work through MicroPython
> related educational resources. These events would happen at university
> based hubs around the country. As a Python developer you'll *get a BBC
> micro:bit* and be expected to offer advice, answer questions and
> demonstrate Python as needed. Honestly, it's not an onerous task and
> will only last a few hours in a "twilight" session (i.e. after work).
> The locations and proposed dates are as follows:
> London: 25th February
> Birmingham: 9th March
> Nottingham: 15th March
> Lancaster: 16th March
> Newcastle: 17th March
> Hertfordshire: 21st March
> Manchester: 23rd March
> Southampton: 23rd March
> It's easy for UK Python to be very London-centric. This is an
> opportunity for Pythonistas throughout the UK to step up and get involved.

I think that this is a marvellous idea and a great response so far but
have a bit of a moan to voice.
Is it computers, python, teachers or Education that don't reach the West
of England - If there were sessions at Bristol, (almost next door),
Exeter (an hour down the road), or even Plymouth at a push I would be
jumping forward to volunteer but it seems that the West Country is very

Keep up the good work but please look West.

Steve (Gadget) Barnes
Any opinions in this message are my personal opinions and do not reflect
those of my employer.

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