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Variables Unplugged

This activity away from the computer is from the Barefoot Computing project. It is intended to provide a theoretical understanding of why and how variables are used in computer programming, using the example of score-keeping in a classroom quiz. Involving several volunteers from the group, the activity uses...

Scratch Maths Quiz Variables

This Barefoot Computing resource builds on the ‘Maths quiz with selection’ learning activities which should be undertaken first.

It involves improving an existing Scratch maths quiz and adding score-keeping using variables – a quiz Scratch file is provided for students who do not have access to one they made...

Python Projects

This series of resources supports the teaching and learning of the computer programming language Python. The series of activities, produced by Code Club have support sheets for each of the activity projects. They are easy to follow and support progression in the learning. The activities require studenst to: *...

VEX IQ - exploring Modkit blocks

This resource for VEX IQ Modkit helps students to understand the basic principles of using blocks of code to create a programme. The Modkit blocks have been reproduced so that they can be printed and used by students for discussion and when planning their code. This resource contains a classroom presentation...

Crumble Card Buggy

This resource provides instructions for building a card buggy and creating a sample programme for your crumble board. You will need motors, a battery pack and connectors to complete the project.

Programming a buggy with Invent!

This collection of resources can be used to create a roving buggy, when combined with either a Crumble Controller buggy kit or Invent! starter pack. The resources include instructions for programming your buggy, activity mats for students to use for their programming challenges, pupil worksheets to guide students...

Life in a Can

A cross-curricular resource for primary and lower secondary schools that investigates life and how it can be maintained in the harsh atmosphere of space.

The engineers and scientists who built the International Space Station are faced with huge challenges - everything needed to keep astronauts alive must be...

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...

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