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The Scratch patch - make a Simon game

This game-writing activity using Scratch will bring back youthful memories for some! It provides...

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...

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...

The Magic of Computer Science

This resource contains a series of card tricks. Each trick is presented in two parts. In the first part enough detail is given so that the trick can be performed. A description of the desired effect is given followed by an explanation of the mechanics of the trick – actually what is done to ensure the trick works...

Let's Get Physical (Summer 2015)

This edition of the Computing at School (CAS) newsletter is focused on physical computing, and features:

*The BBC Micro-Bit and Make It Digital projects

*CPD tips with Barefoot and Quickstart

*Primary school activities with Scratch and Makey Makey

*Scratch projects with Microsoft Kinect...

Children, Computing and Powerful Ideas (Spring 2015)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter contains articles covering:

*CAS community resources

*BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching

*Master Teachers

*Pedagogy in computing teaching and across the curriculum

*The Barefoot Computing project

*Computational...

Computing, Programming and Pedagogy (Autumn 2014)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter focuses on pedagogy, and contains articles covering:

*Barefoot Computing teaching resources and ready-to-deliver CPD with QuickStart Computing

*BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching

*Baseline assessment of computing

*Bebras...

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