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STEM Learning magazine: primary - summer 2016

This STEM Learning magazine aimed at all primary teachers contains articles devoted to teaching science, mathematics, design and technology and computing at primary level. Articles include: 

  • What does primary STEM look like?
  • Taking the next step in coding
  • Could the...

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

Pioneering technical services are explored in the cover article of the summer issue of STEM Learning Magazine for Post-16 and FE sectors. Other articles describe changes to A levels and GCSEs,  provide advice on conducting A level biology practicals, and look into investigating radiation levels from space. There is...

The Scratch patch - substitution cipher

This project, exploring basic encryption, is a useful introduction to data security as well as iterating through strings to manipulate them. The program create a ‘substitution cipher’, one of the most basic forms of encryption. It also demonstrates that, for more complex chained commands, Scratch becomes rather...

The Scratch patch - error handling

This activity is an introduction to writing programs that can handle errors. It also helps students to understand number bases, by guiding them through the writing of a ‘base converter’ program.

Viva Las Vegas

This activity shows how Earth observation can be used to study human geography by comparing the satellite images of Las Vegas over the last few decades. Linking to measurement of irregular areas and addition and multiplication of fractions, it asks children to measure the area of Las Vegas at three separate times...

Seeing Temperatures

This activity allows students to investigate how images are produced from data streams by using first a spreadsheet and then an image-processing program. They then go on to see how the usefulness of such a monochromatic image may be enhanced by using lookup tables and calibration. The materials used focus on the...

Introduction To Computer Programming

Introduction To Computer Programming using Basic progamming language.

Basic is a simple language emulating the more complex languages used in commerce and industry for financial mamagement, etc.

The exercise covers input, print, output, +, -, X,  ÷ , =, <, >, <> , if...then, while...wned,...

The Safety Deposit Vault

This is an exercise with complex spreadsheets and mail-merged documents. It is based on an actual implementation in a vaut with over 1500 boxes of different sizes.

The simplified example uses nine boxes of three different sizes, each has the price for annual box rental.

Also recorded are the renters'...

Code and Decode

How to send secret messages to your friends.

Contains full teacher instructions. Uses Basic programming language.

Pupils shoud have completed the Introduction To Computer Programming

Compute Whole Number Pythagoras Triangles

An exercise to compute whole nu,mber Pythagorean triangles.

The project uses the Basic programming language.

Pupils should have completed the exercise Introduction To Computer Programming

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