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Coding challenges examples

 

Two worked example coding challenges that are useful for teachers as a teaching aid. These can be used to illustrate the relationship between a flow chart, pseudo-code and program code.

Python 3 Student workbook

This resource is a comprehensive beginner’s guide to creating procedural programs using Python 3. It would be suitable for self-paced learning and independent work. There are also activities that are suitable as homework tasks that reiterate key terms and concepts. It was originally developed for the pre-2015...

Minimal spanning tree

A CS Unplugged series resource aimed at younger students but also works well with A level students. This illustrates the concept of minimal spanning trees and graph traversal.

Steiner Trees

A CS Unplugged series resource aimed at younger students but also works well with A level students. The document contains student activities covering constructing Steiner trees, greedy algorithms and solving traversal problems.

CPU jigsaw

This activity allows students to construct a paper CPU using “jigsaw” pieces. They can also add notes to their jigsaw explaining the function of each component. Carrying out this activity allows students to relate sub components of the CPU to one another. For example, they will appreciate that level 1 cache memory...

Types of processor activities

This document contains a number of activities for students to carry out. They develop an instruction set for a fictional processor which forms a thought-provoking introduction to this topic. Encourage them to think about basic mathematical operations and how data values need to be manipulated within the CPU. This...

Is the grass always greener

This article discusses using mini battery powered computers to sense, and report back environmental data across a wide area in the Lake District. It talks about some of the ways in which this type of robotThis article discusses using mini battery powered computers to sense, and report...

BBC micro:bit – bees and pollination

The BBC micro:bit is a great tool for carrying out surveys that involve quickly counting and recording one or two variables. Using the button inputs provides a simple interface to the device allowing, for instance, quick tallying of the numbers of two different types of bee around a plant. Other examples might...

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