This is the third event in a conference series that explores new ways of helping students to achieve 21st Century competencies in mathematics and computer science. The previous conferences, held in Darwin, Australia, in 2013 and in Chennai, India, in 2014 (Videos from 2014) saw a unique interaction between computer science / mathematics researchers and educators and artists (theatre, dance, graphic arts).
The CMSC has several aspects.
• Involve and support researchers to share the frontiers of computer science and mathematics with children and the general public.
• Research communication is a “two-way street” . Explaining your research can inspire new research questions. For example, Mike Fellows describes how “Kid Crypto” inspired the new research of Polly Cracker crypto systems.
• Future directions of Computer Science Unplugged! Discuss with Tim Bell, Mike Fellows and others future directions of this grass-roots movement, which is now translated into 19 languages.
• Storyfull, whole-body, kinesthetic math activities . Demonstrate and design new whole body activities that connect math with the inner self and community. Design activities that include cultural understanding and relevance. Demonstrate activities that foster curiosity, enthusiasm and perseverance.
• Expand computational thinking across the curriculum, and explore how mathematical thinking strategies nurture 21st Century competencies.
• Policy makers in government, business and industry. What are the issues and unanswered questions of executives and policy makers?