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CS4FN Issue 8

This issue of Computer Science for Fun is entitled ‘Computer Science in Space’, and explores the role of computers in space exploration and astronomy.

It includes articles covering:

• Computer scientists working for NASA

• GPS and computer art projects that love your data

• Computers,...

A wave model of sound

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recognise that as a sound wave travels forward, the medium it travels through does not.
  • Describe the movement of each ‘particle’ of a longitudinal (sound) wave as the wave moves...

Waves on water and ropes

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Recognise that as a transverse wave travels forward, the medium through which it travels does not.
  • Describe the movement of each ‘particle’ of a transverse wave as the wave moves...

Diet and Exercise

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Explain what humans need in their diet and why.
  • Identify short-term and long-term effects of exercise on the human body.
  • Predict the possible outcomes of eating too much...

HEaTED magazine - Summer 2016

This first issue of the HEaTED magazine looks into how to train as a technician and a number of different careers paths leading into the profession.  There is also an interview with a fine arts technician working in FE and HE education. The feature articles focus on the Athena SWAN Charter as a scheme to recognise...

STEM Learning magazine: primary - summer 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles devoted to teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • What does primary STEM look like?
  • Taking the next step in coding
  • Could the...

STEM Learning Magazine: Post-16 and FE - Summer 2016

Pioneering technical services are explored in the cover article of the summer issue of STEM Learning Magazine for Post-16 and FE sectors. Other articles describe changes to A levels and GCSEs,  provide advice on conducting A level biology practicals, and look into investigating radiation levels from space. There is...

STEM Learning magazine: secondary - summer 2016

Mathematics Subject Specialist, Michael Anderson, discusses the questions the Principia mission poses, as well as the range of support materials available to teachers as Tim Peake returns to Earth from the International Space Station.

Gill Collinson, Head of Centre, National STEM Learning Centre and Network...

The Scratch patch - substitution cipher

This project, exploring basic encryption, is a useful introduction to data security as well as iterating through strings to manipulate them. The program create a ‘substitution cipher’, one of the most basic forms of encryption. It also demonstrates that, for more complex chained commands, Scratch becomes rather...

The Scratch patch - error handling

This activity is an introduction to writing programs that can handle errors. It also helps students to understand number bases, by guiding them through the writing of a ‘base converter’ program.

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