General Information

Research in primary and secondary computing education is a young field with strong ties to national educational systems. Nevertheless, its theories, methods, and results are internationally applicable and of interest to researchers and practitioners in the field.

WiPSCE is the premier international venue for school-level computing education. It aims to improve the exchange of research and practice relevant to teaching and learning in primary and secondary computing education, teacher training, and related research.

WiPSCE draws participants from all parts of the world and is run in cooperation with ACM SIGCSE. Its roots are from a long-running workshop of the German computing education community, but it is now hosted in countries across Europe, as well as in Germany. Accepted papers will be published in the WiPSCE 2019 proceedings as part of the ACM International Conference Proceedings Series. The proceedings will be included in the ACM Digital Library.

Key dates

All deadlines are midnight "anywhere on earth". There will be no extensions.

(*) We offer a re-submission slack. This means that title and abstract of papers must be submitted by the first deadline, but it will be possible to upload the full versions of papers until the second deadline. Paper abstracts that are not submitted by the first deadline will not be considered - we need the information to assign the submissions to the reviewers.

Why Glasgow?

Scotland has a long history of educational innovation, and the University of Glasgow has been involved for over 550 years. We host the Centre for CS Education and led on the major revision of the Scottish schools CS curriculum for 3-15 years olds, and we're looking forward to welcoming teachers and researchers from Scotland, the UK, Europe and the world. Glasgow itself is a great spot for a conference, full of landmark sites and great atmosphere. I'm sure we'll be able to rustle up a bit of celtic music and dance at the conference dinner. Stay around for a few days before or after and visit Stirling and Edinburgh with their castles and history, or travel into the Highlands on the Road to the Isles, one of the great driving routes in the world. Or else travel on the route of the Hogwarts Express!

Sponsors

This event has been made possible by the following organisations.

J.P. Morgan Glasgow Technology Centre - Platinum Sponser

J. P. Morgan is one of the largest financial institutions in the UK and currently employs around 2,000 people in Glasgow making it the largest technology employer and recruiter in Scotland. The city has been home to the firm’s strategic and award winning Technology Centre for 20 years. With a 100% focus on technology, it provides vital software development facilities to the firm and its clients, designing and supporting global systems.

J.P. Morgan see clear benefits when computational thinking and practical technology skills are applied to solve problems and support the teaching of Computing Science in the school curriculum so that all children in Scotland, and the UK, have the opportunity to become computationally literate.

The firm is passionate about developing strong links with schools, universities and networking bodies across Scotland, helping to attract top female technologists and historically underrepresented groups in the tech field, strengthening the firm’s position as a ‘non-traditional’ technology organization. In recognition of that focus, the firm was twice voted Employer of the Year by Scottish Women in Technology.

J. P. Morgan also runs a range of programs to boost awareness of technology as a viable career path amongst young people, and to encourage diverse candidates from all different backgrounds and experiences to apply to work for the firm. Two examples are:

The Tech Connect program provides an application pathway for graduates from non-technical backgrounds by offering a specialized training bootcamp alongside mentoring from senior technologists.

Generation Tech targets 14-17 year old female maths students from local high schools, setting a task challenging the students to discover how technology can be used for social good.

University of Glasgow School of Computing Science: Centre for Computing Science Education Silver Sponser

Since 1957, when Glasgow became the first university in Scotland to have an electronic computer, they have built a reputation for the excellence of their Computing Science research and graduates. Today, the School of Computing Science is one of the foremost in the UK, setting itself the highest standards in research, and research-led learning and teaching.

The Centre for Computing Science Education brings much needed focus to the development of Computing Science (CS) as a mainstream school and university subject, with a coherent progression all the way from early years education through to graduate level and beyond. The purpose of the Centre is to increase radically the visibility and activity around Computing Science education in terms of opportunity, practice, research, and leadership, to ensure its successful adoption as a mainstream subject, with the consequent benefits to education, industry and society.

SICSA Education - Bronze Sponser

Scottish Computing graduates are found world-wide, from start-up companies to global corporations; from school classrooms to specialist research labs. Scottish Universities were also amongst the first in the world to provide Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in Computing, and today, offer world class Computing education that fully spans the discipline.

The SICSA Education Group focuses on enhancing collaboration across the core activities of undergraduate and postgraduate provision; representing common interests to government, to employer, professional and practitioner organisations; and to the wider education sectors. These include resourcing for University Computing programmes, secondary school qualifications, the transition from school to University, and graduate skills.

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Questions? Please contact Quintin Cutts (School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, Scotland).