Education Lab


Copyright David Hodgkinson

Inspiring Education

Education Lab is a research and action group on Interdisciplinary Computer Science Education. Led by William Marsh, Paul Curzon and Peter McOwan, it is part of the Cognitive Science group at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London. Our work has been funded to date by over £4 million in grants and donations from the Research Councils, Government and Industry.

We aim to

  • develop innovative, globally leading approaches for teaching interdisciplinary computer science and digital technologies;
  • create resources and educational technology that are used internationally to inspire and educate;
  • undertake world class research in the area of computer science education.

Our recent work has a strong focus on interdisciplinary computer science education in schools, both at primary and secondary level  through our ‘Computer Science for Fun’, ‘Sodarace’ and ‘Teaching London Computing’ Projects.  Our interests include computer science education in both formal and informal learning contexts including blended learning.

Our current projects are exploring topics such as:

  • Unplugged computing to explain and inspire
  • Interdisciplinary computational thinking
  • The pedagogy of programming
  • The use of magic and mystery to teach computing, maths and science
  • The digital divide and supporting IT literacy of older people.

Our work has been supported financially by EPSRC, ESRC, the Royal Society, the European Union, Google, the Greater London Assembly, the UK Department of Education, Microsoft and ARM.

We are currently collaborating with a range of other Universities in the UK and Internationally including Hertford College, University of Oxford and King’s College London.

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