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CS4FN Issue 17

This edition of Computer Science for Fun examines how computer science has improved the safety of medicine and hospitals and how accidents have happened in the past. The articles include:

• Therac-25 cancer therapy – safety-critical applications

• Programming magic tricks

• Human-Computer...

CS4FN Issue 18

This edition of Computer Science for fun asks ‘Can Machines be Creative?’ The articles inside include:

• The work of Ada Lovelace

• Playfulness and creativity

• The letter-writing algorithm that dare not speak its name

• Teaching computers – a parent-child relationship

• Defining...

CS4FN Issue 19

This issue of Computer Science for Fun focuses on multimodal design. This involves interfacing with computers using more than one of your senses.

The articles include:

• Using air and ultrasound to create ‘shapes’ you can feel.

• Medical and veterinary training simulators with haptic feedback...

AI: Where is The Intelligence?

This booklet was created by the Computer Science for Fun team (Paul Curzon, Peter McOwan and Jonathon Black), for a Junior School project on artificial intelligence. Its articles include:

• The history of ‘living dolls’

• How we recognise intelligence - which animals / machines are clever?


Strings and Arithmetic Operations

This guide, for more advanced users of LINUX, shows how BASH scripts can be used for operations on strings and for arithmetical operations. The syntax for BASH is clearly explained.

BASH Basics

This introductory guide explains how to use the LINUX shell known as BASH (Bourne Again Shell). BASH is useful for linking together various programs for creating innovative solutions, and can unleash the power of a Raspberry Pi.

The guide covers running BASH, the syntax used, how to chain together commands,...

Embedding Text and Programs

This intermediate-level guide shows how BASH scripts can be used to handle files and to integrate other programming languages such as Perl. String manipulation features heavily in the exercises. A challenge is set to use a Python program along with a shell script.

Building Bots with LEGO

The BrickPi is an interface between the Raspberry Pi and LEGO Mindstorms or EV3 sensors and motors, a portable power source for the Raspberry Pi, and a case that allows you to attach LEGO motors, beams, sensors, and other parts.

This resource includes guidance on setting up and programming the Raspberry Pi...

Scratch Interface

This guide shows how the BrickPi can enable novice programmers to use Scratch to control complex robots and models.

The instructions need to be followed using Scratch on the Raspberry Pi computer. The resulting programs use different input and output devices, including touch and colour sensors and motors....

The Python Pit

This introductory article shows working examples of basic Python programs. It includes:

• Printing to the screen
• Comments
• Simple arithmetic
• Using variables
• Strings and string arrays
• For and While loops
• Random numbers from the Random library
• Creating a...


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