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Seeing Temperatures

This activity allows students to investigate how images are produced from data streams by using first a spreadsheet and then an image-processing program. They then go on to see how the usefulness of such a monochromatic image may be enhanced by using lookup tables and calibration. The materials used focus on the...

A team game for mimicking bitcoin mining and blockchain environment

Bitcoin (₿) is cryptocurrency, a form of electronic cash. The aim of this group task is to model the process of bitcoin mining and to explain the blockchain environment. The class divides into groups, each member taking a specific role in the bitcoin process: 'puzzle maker', 'mathematical verifier', 'miner' and '...

Prizes for STEM based primary school competitions based in and around Glasgow, Scotland

As part of The IET Scotland South West committee, we have available a small fund available to either provide small prizes or material to enable STEM investigations / competitions to be held in and around Glasgow.

The aim is to promote STEM competitions in primary school to highlight to young people the...

Printable Scratch Blocks for Programming Unplugged

The resource includes Scratch blocks which can be printed and laminated to allow children to create block algorithms visually and in a hands-on way. A great resource to introduce the idea of Scratch blocks to Key Stage One students in the hope that they will become familiar with the system when they reach Key Stage...

FETCH-DECODE-EXECUTE Board Game

This game teaches students how instructions and data move from RAM to the CPU and internally between the various registers and the ALU in order to run a simple program (which takes 2 numbers, adds them and stroes the result in memory).

A-Level students have fed back that it really helped them in the exam...

Scratch Music Machine

Music Machine is designed as a simple introductory program for children aged 7-8. Students create four simple buttons which play different sounds when they are clicked with the left mouse button.

If they have time, they can create their own extra buttons. Computer science concepts include using a mouse click...

Cryptography Workshop

This set of activities introduces children to cryptography techniques, showing how the use of computers can make encryption quicker and more effective. Some notable examples of the use of encryption in history are mentioned, leading to the use of calculation machines for code-making and code-breaking.

A...

Generating Art: Shape Calculator

This resource, intended for an extended workshop session, uses sequences of instructions for creating drawings as a basis for learning about algorithms. Following the activity (taken from the series CSUnplugged), an introductory look at Scratch explores the different parts of the program and would be suitable for...

Storytelling

This series of three lesson activities uses Scratch to create animations that tell a story, and can link to studies in English.

A starter Scratch file partially tells the story of the Great Fire of London. Additional resources are provided allowing children to improve the animation.

Using some short...

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