Computer Science for Fun

"Computing isn't about computers" - this quote from one of the CS4FN authors, Paul Curzon, should give you an idea about the resources in this collection.

Designed to inspire, these activities are about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.

Magic tricks, philosophy, code-cracking, medical applications of computers... these are some of the diverse topics covered in this popular collection that will enrich lessons and engage minds.

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Brain in a Bag

This unplugged activity from Peter McOwan and Paul Curzon mingles computer science with biology. A group activity is used that mimics the firing of neurons within the brain. These trigger other neurons to fire – these can be compared to AND gates in logic circuits. The ‘brain in a bag’ kits used in the activity...
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Computing without Computers

This textbook takes an ‘unplugged’ approach to learning the critical concepts in computer science. It relies heavily on metaphors as a means for readers to grasp new topics and relate them to their current understanding. It also contains puzzles which aid understanding. The book includes chapters covering: •...
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Create a Face

This unplugged activity uses a large model of a face, operated by several children working together, to teach how ‘emotion’ can be expressed by robots following simple rules. These rules are expressed as IF, THEN, ELSE, statements which, when combined, show the complex movement of a whole face in reaction to various...
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The Four Aces

This magic trick from the Computer Science for Fun team at QMUL shows that computing is about more than just programming and computational thinking is about more than just algorithms. A simple mathematical approach is taken with dealt piles of cards – this allows the dealer to control the whereabouts of the four...
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