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How Do We Teach Our Kids Code? (Autumn 2012)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter contains articles covering:

*Coding and computer science

*Code Club and Computing ++

*Tips for teaching programming

*Codecademy

*Teaching encryption with spreadsheets

*Scratch sensorboards (picoboards)

*Robotics...

Getting to Grips with Computing (Summer 2012)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter contains articles covering:

*Computing curriculum change

*Programming pedagogy

*Database Detectives, a Digital School House resource

*Unplugged computing

*Scratch in the primary classroom

*Real robotics – outreach from...

Celebrating the Genius of Alan Turing (Spring 2012)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter, focused on the life and work of Alan Turing, contains articles covering:

*The life of Alan Turing

*Guide to Bletchley Park

*The early history of the Raspberry Pi

*GameMaker

*The Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer prototyping board

*...

Computing in the Curriculum: The Word is Out (Autumn 2011)

This edition of the Computing at School newsletter contains articles on:

*Using Scratch4Arduino in primary schools to make musical instruments

*Learning algorithms with folk dancing and fairy tales

*Kodu programming

*Developing computing schemes of work

*Functional programming...

The Scratch Patch

This introduction to programming in Scratch uses a trivial example to demonstrate simple audio and animation. It is written for Scratch 1.4 but can be easily adapted for later versions. 

The Scratch patch - making a simple game

This practical guide to creating a simple game is aimed at those new to programming with Scratch 1.4 or above. It develops a basic Frogger game and introduces collision detection, a key element of many games.

The Scratch patch - make a Simon game

This game-writing activity using Scratch will bring back youthful memories for some! It provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to recreate the memory game Simon on-screen. It includes reusable game elements such as score keeping and audio generation.

The Scratch patch - physics of a cannon ball

Combining some fundamental physics with trigonometry and computer programming, this guide helps students to create a simulation of the projectile motion of a cannon ball. The concepts are all briefly explained, and the program introduces some clever mathematics as well as game elements, such as collision detection...

BBC Micro:bit for sensing and control with a buggy

An article about using the BBC Micro:bit to control a £25 Kitronic self-assembly buggy.  The assembled kit makes a line-following buggy.  The micro:bit can be used just to control the motion, after calibration, of the buggy as a floor trutle.  It can also use the on-board accelerometer sensor to convert it into a "...

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