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Heather Barnett: What Humans Can Learn from Semi Intelligent Slime

In this talk, courtesy of TED, artist Heather Barnett explains how she is inspired by biological design and self-organising systems. She works with Physarum polycephalum (commonly called slime mould), a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. Barnett used time-lapse photography to film the slime...

Applications of Programmable Systems

In this activity, students examine how programmable systems have developed over time. Students use the internet to research a programmable system, place inventions correctly on a timeline and use information about developments in electronics, computing and materials to explain patterns in the development of...

The Future of Programmable Systems

In this activity, students explore how programmable systems will develop in the future. Students are required to be able to recognise user needs that could be met by a programmable system and to use an annotated sketch to design a programmable system that will meet a specific user need.

As technology...

Algorithms

The video explains the purpose of the activity which is to understand that different algorithms will produce the same results, but some methods are more efficient than others.This is an unplugged activity which means that the computing principles are understood without the use of a computer. Students use tangram...

Computational Thinking

The video explains the purpose of the task which is to understand the concept of computational thinking. This is an unplugged activity which means that students explore the concept without the use of a computer.

In this activity, students attempt to understand the four steps of computational thinking....

The Internet

The video explains the purpose of the activity which is, in simple terms, how the Internet works. This is an unplugged activity meaning that computing concepts are learnt without the use of a computer. All relevent terminology is explained. The lesson shows students pretending to flow through the Internet, whilst...

Crumble revisited

The Crumble microcontroller from Redfern Electronics is a very cheap and easy to use device which is proving very popular, especially for physical computing projects in Primary Schools.  New cheap, compatible hardware devices called Crumbs and a robot vehicle kit called CrumbleBot considerably enhance the power of...

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