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Introduction to Pseudocode

This activity features detailed instructions for a lesson to introduce the concept of pseudocode, using fairly simple but accessible graphics. The students are required to devise instructions in order to move a cartoon character on a grid including being able to interact with its' environment by picking up bananas...

Raspberry Pi Minecraft Pi Unit

Seven differentiated challenge sheets for Minecraft Pi on the Raspberry Pi.  Tested on over 600 of my KS3 students!

I wanted to create a 4-hour block of lessons using Minecraft Pi on the Raspberry Pi, giving students the chance to pick an idea to code in their pairs.  Having introduced the students to the...

Teaching problem solving the unplugged way

This resource contains a variety of activities and teacher resources to help students develop their problem solving skills, these are mostly through the use of unplugged activities which also encourage the development of skills associated with creating algorithms. The resources consist of teacher guides for each of...

Conversations with Computers - The Turing Test

This activity aims to stimulate discussion on the question of whether computers can exhibit ’intelligence’, or are ever likely to do so in the future. Based on a pioneering computer scientist’s view of how one might recognize artificial intelligence if it ever appeared, it conveys something of what is currently...

The Chocolate Factory - Human Interface Design

The aim of this activity is to raise awareness of human interface design issues. In a world where poor design is rife, people have become accustomed to dealing with problems caused by the artifacts with which they interact, sometimes blaming themselves instead of attributing the problems to flawed design. The issue...

Ice Roads - Steiner Trees

Sometimes a small, seemingly insignificant, variation in the specification of a problem makes a huge difference in how difficult it is to solve. This activity, like the The Muddy City problem, is about finding short paths through networks....

The Poor Cartographer - Graph Colouring

Many optimization problems involve situations where certain events cannot occur at the same time, or where certain members of a set of objects cannot be adjacent. For example, anyone who has tried to time-table classes or meetings will have encountered the problem of satisfying the constraints on all the people...

Marching Orders - Programming Languages

Computers are usually programmed using a “language,” which is a limited vocabulary of instructions that can be obeyed. This activity gives students some experience with this aspect of programming. The resource begins with a demonstration of the marching order activity followed by the activity itself, together with...

Treasure Hunt - Finite State Automata

The students’ goal in this resource is to find Treasure Island. Friendly pirate ships sail along a fixed set of routes between the islands in this part of the world, offering rides to travellers. Each island has two departing ships, A and B, which students can choose to travel on in order to find the best route to...

The Orange Game - Routing and Deadlock in Networks

When there are a lot of people using one resource, such as cars using roads, or messages getting through the Internet, there is the possibility of “deadlock”. A way of working cooperatively is needed to avoid this happening. The resource begins with instructions on how to play the orange game. The activity contains...

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