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Web.Py Framework

This activity demonstrates how a Raspberry Pi running Python can interact with other devices in the browser. Using the framework, web forms can be served to mobile phones, tablets etc, and accept input which is fed into the Python script. The project helps students to see how web servers work, and how...

The Scratch Patch

This introduction to programming in Scratch uses a trivial example to demonstrate simple audio and animation. It is written for Scratch 1.4 but can be easily adapted for later versions. 

The Scratch patch - making a simple game

This practical guide to creating a simple game is aimed at those new to programming with Scratch 1.4 or above. It develops a basic Frogger game and introduces collision detection, a key element of many games.

The Scratch patch - make a Simon game

This game-writing activity using Scratch will bring back youthful memories for some! It provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to recreate the memory game Simon on-screen. It includes reusable game elements such as score keeping and audio generation.

The Scratch patch - bubble sort algorithm

This short practical guide shows how to implement a bubble sort algorithm in Scratch. The procedure is easy to follow, and can be used in conjunction with theory or unplugged activities to aid understanding.

The Scratch patch - the Julia set

This visual mathematics project focuses on the beautiful images known as Julia Sets (named after French mathematician Gaston Julia). Students use a repeated iterations to explore the world of complex numbers, writing and amending a relatively complicated Scratch program. 

The Scratch patch - king of the heap (sort)

Suitable for students throughout secondary computing, including those studying at an advanced level, this exercise introduces the Heap Sort and explores why it is more efficient than the Bubble Sort in another Scratch Patch article. Students learn about tree data structures, including the correct terminology for...

The Scratch patch - crash, bang, wallop! Create a simple racing car game

This simple game is an engaging way to extend learning in Scratch. It uses fairly simple scripts running in parallel to detect collisions and move sprites, which have been designed in the Scratch environment. It could be used a basis for other similar ‘scrolling’ games. 

The Scratch patch - physics of a cannon ball

Combining some fundamental physics with trigonometry and computer programming, this guide helps students to create a simulation of the projectile motion of a cannon ball. The concepts are all briefly explained, and the program introduces some clever mathematics as well as game elements, such as collision detection...

space:uk - November 2015, Special Edition

This special edition of space:uk, from the UK Space Agency, focusses on the mission of European Space Agency astronaut, Tim Peake, and the educational activities linked to his stay on board the International Space Station. Articles in this edition include: *Principia Mission – From launch to landing, what does Tim...


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