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Earlier this year, Lancaster University was named as the Computing At School (CAS) Regional Centre for the North West, alongside Manchester University. As part of this exciting new initiative, the School has been supporting and inspiring teachers, schoolchildren and the wider community as the new Computer Science national curriculum is adopted in schools.

Dr Joe Finney has been involved in several workshops to teachers in secondary schools across Cumbria and Lancashire introducing the BBC's new micro:bit - a handheld programmable computer that is being given free to every Year 7 student in the country.

The School has also hosted several gatherings of local teachers to discuss the new Computer Science curriculum and has helped them develop new resources for the classroom. Lecturers, PhD students and the teachers themselves gave presentations.