The Computer Science Department embraces the innovative, creative and inquisitive minds of students at Dubai College.
Inspiring young minds to question not only why, but why not, is at the forefront of our ethos on learning. Encouraging a growth mindset in order to explore challenging problems whilst embracing failure as a point of learning, rather than a setback, is also part of our culture.
Our aim is to equip students with the skills, tools, understanding, knowledge and resilience required to solve computational problems, whilst engaging them with new experiences, new technologies and new ideas, so that they are well prepared for future learning.
The Computer Science Department is well resourced with access to desktop computers at a 1:1 ratio. We also have a variety of hardware that we encourage students to explore, including: RaspberryPi’s, BBC MicroBits, Drones, Sphero’s and more. As well as this we have appropriate software that enables students to explore programming in a variety of languages including C, Python, Visual Basic, Scratch, HTML, CSS and more.
There are currently four full-time members of the Department, with over 40 years of experience in teaching.
What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?
Someone who is passionate about their subject and a life-long learner. Someone who is collaborative, approachable, honest, fair and dedicated.
What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?
A growth mindset. We want our students not to be afraid to take risks, we want them to show resilience when solving problems, creativity when exploring solutions and not be afraid to fail.
In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?
The students, the longevity and commitment of the staff and the support of parents.
Who or what inspires you?
Students who show passion in what they do, students who are hungry for learning and will go that extra mile to challenge themselves and others.
Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.
I once had trials for the England Basketball team.
Mark Wood, Head of Computer Science