The University of Sydney leads the Australian Computing Academy to provide the intellectual, technical, and practical leadership needed to fulfil the ambitious goals of the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies.
The Academy brings together an award-winning team with:
James Curran is the Academic Director of the Australian Computing Academy and an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. He is Director of the National Computer Science School, the largest computer science school outreach program in Australia. Last year, over 10,000 students and teachers participated in the 5-week NCSS Challenge. James is a co-founder of Grok Learning, an Edtech startup that aims to teach children everywhere to learn to code. He was a writer on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies, the new national computing curriculum. In 2014, James was named ICT Leader of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW and the Australian Council for Computers in Education.
Karsten Schulz is the Deputy Academic Director of the ACA and an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technologies, University of Sydney. Karsten has a PhD in Computer Science and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Software Engineering. For 10 years, Karsten led the research division of a large multi-national ICT company in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region and between 2013 and 2016 he led the national Digital Careers Program. In 2010, Karsten created the Young ICT Explorers Competition and in 2014 he founded the Bebras Australia Computational Thinking Challenge which is part of the international Bebras Challenge.
Amanda Hogan is a Computing Education Specialist at the ACA and the president of the ICTENSW professional association for computing teachers. She is a secondary Computing Teacher at Tara Anglican School for Girls. She has come to teaching after working in the IT industry most recently at Microsoft Australia but she's been doing this a while now. Amanda is an active tutor and content creator in the Girls Programming Network Sydney Chapter. She runs the Maths, Coding and Robotics clubs at school and is a keen programmable electronics hobbyist. In 2015, Amanda was named ICT Teacher of the Year by the ICT Educators of NSW.
Prior to his role as a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy, Bruce was acting as the Associate Principal of Gungahlin College, a government school in the ACT of around 1200 students in Years 11 and 12. Bruce has 13 years experience working in secondary schools, and was a member of the advisory group for the writing of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies. He was the 2016 ACCE/ACS Australian ICT Educator of the Year, and founding President of Information Technology Educators ACT.
Dr Nicky Ringland is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy and Outreach Officer at the National Computer Science School. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney, and is a co-founder of Grok Learning. Nicky is passionate about teaching the next generation the skills they need to become the creators of tomorrow.
Owen Brasier is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy. Owen was previously the manager and technical lead of MadMaker - an outreach project that teaches STEM skills through programming and has engaged over 2,500 students and teachers. Owen is an electrical engineer whose passion is teaching students to create and build technology to improve the world around them.
Kenni Bawden is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy. Kenni has supported a range of education initiatives, including the National Computer Science School, the NCSS Challenge, and International Science School. He is passionate about equity of access to quality educational resources, and has run workshops in regional Australia, with a focus on supporting his home town of Mount Gambier. Kenni is an honourary GPN tutor recognising his behind the scenes contribution to the Girls' Programming Network.
Nicola O'Brien is a Computing Education Specialist at the Australian Computing Academy. Nicola works with primary school students and teachers to bring coding and computer science to schools. She loves working with students to solve real world problems with technology. Nicola is a Girls Programming Network Tutor. She also coaches students in the Tech Girls are Superheroes competition, travelling with a winning team to pitch their ideas in Silicon Valley in 2017.