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What Can We See From Space?

This short activity introduces students to the ideas of the footprint and resolution of an image, asking them to choose and use appropriate methods to calculate how these quantities would change as they moved a camera to a series of vantage points above the surface of the Earth

Automatic Lighting

This longer-duration activity involves prototyping a low-power lighting system. It could be used in an off-timetable workshop or across a series of lessons.

Students are challenged to work through the whole design process, and to place a micro-controller (in this case a BBC micro:bit) at the centre of the...

Bag Alarm

This activity, suitable for a multi-lesson sequence or a single extended session, challenges students to design and prototype a simple motion-sensing alarm. The device is intended to prevent theft or the accidental picking-up of a bag.

Motion is sensed using the accelerometer built-in to the BBC micro:bit,...

Flood Warning System

After learning about flooding, students consider the design problems caused by its early detection. Students are introduced to moisture sensors, and can build their own using the instructions provided or use a ready-made version. This is connected to the BBC micro:bit and used as an input device. After processing...

Home Security

Students first evaluate existing alarm systems and learn about a burglar’s attitude towards them using a video featuring reformed criminals. They are then briefed to create a working door access and alarm system using a BBC micro:bit and selected input and output components such as LDRs, reed switches, buzzers and...

Python for Key Stage 2

This short scheme of work, from Jon Chippindall, introduces upper-primary children to text-based programming using Python. It assumes some previous experience of visual programming using Scratch, Kodu or similar, and will provide the skills and knowledge needed to write short programs.

The six lessons, which...

Beginning Programming with LiveCode

A series of exercises and lessons introducing programming using LiveCode. Students are introduced to simple event-driven app programming, with initialisation routines, user input, simple variables and output to screen.

The eight tasks include calculating and displaying formatted values within a user...

Intermediate Programming with LiveCode

A series of eleven guided tasks with LiveCode for students with some prior experience, based on the full software development cycle.

Variables and arrays are assigned using keyboard input, logic and maths calculations are carried out and the results displayed in a simple user interface.

Each task...

Advanced Programming with LiveCode

This series of lessons and exercises covers more advanced programming concepts and techniques. Pseudocode is used within the full development cycle to aid understanding of event-driven programs. Variables are covered in-depth, and a range of loops and selection statements are used for flow of control. Complex array...

Scratch Beginners

This unit of six lessons does not assume any prior programming knowledge and covers the following guidelines in the National Curriculum:

*Design - write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller...

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