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Dodging Bullets

The International Space Station (ISS) is under constant threat from objects moving at speeds not often seen here on Earth. Space junk and micrometeoroids travel many kilometers each second, testing the impact shielding that protects the astronaut inhabitants. This Astro-Pi resource for secondary schools touches on...
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Which Way Is Up?

For teachers of secondary school science, this Astro-Pi physics resource looks at gravity, microgravity and weightlessness. Students learn the fundamentals of gravitational force and potential energy, and apply these ideas to projectiles and orbiting bodies - particularly the International Space Station (ISS).Using...
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Fly by the Stars

Satellites and other spacecraft use star cameras to image space and to determine which direction they are pointing.This resource, suitable for upper secondary school students, looks in detail at the night sky, examining objects and orbital motion within the solar system. Constellations and the stories behind them are...
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Magnetic Earth

This AstroPi resource helps secondary school students investigate the magnetic field of the Earth. The series of activities develops from basic principles of magnetism through to some understanding of the nature and cause of the Earth's magnetism.The guide links to several other eLibrary resources and a bespoke...
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Structure and function of a processor

This resource consists of two presentations on the structure of the CPU.  As well as detailing the different components e.g. ALU, registers and buses it compares different types of processor and different architectures e.g. CISC vs RISC. This topic is dealt with in more detail in the second presentation.Stuart...
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MicroBit & BitBot robotics lessons

A 4-week lesson programme introducing robotics to KS3 using a Micro:Bit and a BitBot. The Bit:Bot Robot is easy to assemble and comes equipped with programmable neopixels, light and line following sensors.  This series of lessons introduce embedded programming, control structures, switching on the neopixels...
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BBC micro:bit Robot Buggy

This is a resource aimed at students aged 11-14. It is one of a series that support the use of the BBC micro:bit in the classroom. The pack contains several lesson plans, presentations and student handouts. The first ‘unplugged’ lesson introduces students to how programmable systems work, the second they are...
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Build a robot buggy

In this project students learn to build a robot buggy using a Raspberry Pi. It contains detailed tutorials that cover:How to setup a motor controller board with two motorsHow to control motors using PythonHow to build a robot chassisThese activities are aimed at students aged 14-18.  The programming...
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Emotional robot

A short starter activity for students of all ages. It would make a good introduction to lessons on robotics or artificial intelligence and could spark a discussion on how neural networks might be used to create human-like behaviour?. Equally, when discussing HCI design, it might move the debate beyond keyboard and...
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Programming VEX IQ robots in Robot C

This resource develops coding with RobotC, in combination with VEX robotics. It provides a series of student tasks that increase in difficulty over time, developing student awareness of RobotC and its application within robotics. This resource would work as a compliment to using VEX IQ in the classroom and as a...
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