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The Scratch patch - crash, bang, wallop! Create a simple racing car game

This simple game is an engaging way to extend learning in Scratch. It uses fairly simple scripts running in parallel to detect collisions and move sprites, which have been designed in the Scratch environment. It could be used a basis for other similar ‘scrolling’ games. 

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...

CS4FN issue 20

2015 is the 200th anniversary of Ada Lovelace’s birth. Famous as ‘the first programmer’ her vision of computer science was far wider. To celebrate, issue 20 of CS4FN magazine explores her life, her ideas and where modern research has taken some of those ideas. Women’s research is also still at the...

STEM Learning Magazine: Post-16 and FE - Spring 2016

Under the banner of Building a successful network, Dr Katherine Forsey and Sue Churm consider how to create a technical network and how to get the most from it, Jenny Phillips explores the challenges FE practitioners face and Ed Walsh explains what the teacher recognition scheme...

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 "...

Crumble revisited

The Crumble microcontroller from Redfern Electronics is a very cheap and easy to use device which is proving very popular, especially for physical computing projects in Primary Schools.  New cheap, compatible hardware devices called Crumbs and a robot vehicle kit called CrumbleBot considerably enhance the power of...

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