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Seeing Temperatures

This activity allows students to investigate how images are produced from data streams by using first a spreadsheet and then an image-processing program. They then go on to see how the usefulness of such a monochromatic image may be enhanced by using lookup tables and calibration. The materials used focus on the...

Building Images

In this activity, students create colour images from satellite data. This allows them to study how different surfaces reflect different wavelengths of light, how coloured images are created using an RGB model, and how band combinations can be chosen to examine a particular landscape effectively.

Dijkstra's Algorithm

Dijkstra's algorithm finds the shortest path for a given problem. Dijkstra's algorithm can be used to find the shortest route between two cities. This algorithm is so powerful that it not only finds the shortest path from a chosen source to a given destination, it also finds all of the shortest paths from the...

Unplugged starter activity for waterfall methodology

Understanding the key development methodologies is an important part of most A-level specifications. This is a great activity to engage the students at the start of the topic, as no prior knowledge is required. This resource needs to be cut out and laminated. Ideally, each waterfall step should be separated, along...

Fetch-decode-execute-plot

This is an unplugged resource to simulate the fetch-decode-execute cycle in a processor. It is a frantic starter activity aimed at students aged 17-18. The teacher acts as the computer memory, passing out instructions to the students. The students take on three different roles, fetcher, decoder and executer.  At...

RISC vs CISC starter activity

This is quick starter activity for A-level students aged 17-18. The aim of the activity is to revise the key differences between RISC and CISC processors and to ensure students can explain which architecture should be used in a given situation.

Bernadette Malcolmson is the author of the resource.

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People like me guidance

Developed by the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) campaign, the People Like Me approach is an initiative designed to speak to girls aged 11-14 on their terms and demonstrate that STEM is very much for “people like them”. The two-and-a-half-hour People Like Me training for STEM Ambassadors covers the...

People like me mothers and daughters session

This session aims to help students to make career decisions, as they can think about how they will fit in when choosing their own future directions
The session highlights which job roles can suit individual personalities – these roles are not restricted to STEM industries but where STEM knowledge is...

Junior software engineer

Malcolm is a junior software engineer at Realtime Worlds, he discusses his role in this video. The role is an entry level code programming role. At school he studied Advanced Level Maths, which greatly helped him during his studies of  Computer games technology at Dundee University. He took part in a digital...

Software engineer

Stuart is a software engineer with IBM, he discusses his role in this video. The role involves writing code to test new software developing new software. An avid sport fan, having grown up in the north east, he enjoyed studying maths, physics and IT at school and continued to university to pursue software...

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