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Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

In August 2012, an unmanned rover touched down on the surface of Mars. NASA's Curiosity Rover was sent to take measurements of the atmosphere and martian terrain in an effort to understand more about the history of Mars and whether the planet ever sustained life. This video shows an animation of the incredible...

Born to Engineer - Andrew Robertson

Andrew Robertson is a computer engineer working at Queen Mary, University of London on music signal processing. 

He has engineered a software package that allows bands to drive the tempo of their music to the response of the crowd and still keep their layered backing tracks in time with the beat. This film...

Bee-Bots Basics

This introduction to using the small programmable robot, the BeeBot, introduces children to creating simple programs. They learn the importance of sequences of accurate instructions, and test their sequences out using a 'fakebot' or paper-robot. Children are encouraged to debug and develop their sequences before...

The surprising things you don’t know about big data

A detailed infographic covering the concept of Big Data. Each graphic tackles a different aspect of this phenomena, including data sizes, big data companies, the past, present and future of big data and how data will impact society. Suitable for students aged 11 - 16 years,  the information is easy to comprehend...

Java programming with Greenfoot: introduction

This video tutorial provides students with an overview of Greenfoot Java.  It demonstrates several different game ideas and introduces the layout of the programming environment.

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Java programming with Greenfoot: viewer questions (timers)

This video tutorial considers how to arrange for something to happen after a specific time delay.  It covers the difference between real time and game time; the latter depends upon the program’s frame rate, which can be quickly altered by the speed setting within the game.  Expressing changes in real time is...

Java programming with Greenfoot: refactoring for good style (teacher commentary)

This video explains good coding behaviour.  This includes an emphasis on refactoring (changing code to make its structure better so that it can later be easily changed or understood) and cohesion (ensuring that each method does only one thing).  It also explains that private methods will only apply to objects in...

Java programming with Greenfoot: more loopiness

In this video tutorial students are guided through programming a nested loop to create multiple rows of blocks within their breakout game.  Different ways of achieving this are assessed and implemented.

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Java programming with Greenfoot: make it your own

This video tutorial demonstrates to students how to change the images in their game so that they can personalise it.  This includes how to import images from sources other than Java and also how to duplicate and edit existing Greenfoot images including, for example, duplicating images but assigning them different...

Java programming with Greenfoot: bouncy coloured balls

In this revision tutorial students create a new game that features bouncing balls.  They revisit class and field structures, modifying images and using constructors to add new balls as well as exploring using methods to change parameters.

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