Computing

calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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Robot Orchestra Maker Day

In this workshop pupils extend their knowledge of circuits by designing, building and programming their own electronic orchestra. They get the chance to try the BBC’s smart new electronic device, the Micro:bit, thanks to our partnership in the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative.

 

These workshops are offered in the following weeks only: Monday 17 – Friday 21 October and Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 May.

Having attended this course teachers will...

  • Check out the Teachers and Parents section on the Micro:bit website (even without a real-life Microbit you can use the simulator to test programs)
  • Take a look at the Makey Makey - a simple, fun and versatile to get creative with circuits
  • Take a look at the Makey Makey - a simple, fun and versatile to get creative with circuits
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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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City Planning in Minecraft

In this session pupils work collaboratively to design and build their own Minecraft city, incorporating geographical and historical knowledge about real-life architecture as well as applying an understanding of coordinates and directional language.

Having attended this course teachers will...

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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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Problem Solving With Scratch

In this workshop pupils use their higher-order thinking skills to solve a series of mathematical problems in Scratch, exploring a range of age appropriate mathematical concepts.

Having attended this course teachers will...

  • Explore some example Scratch projects
  • Visit the help section of the Scratch website, which contains tutorial videos and “Scratch Cards”, with great tips to get you started
  • Take a look at Scratch Wiki, created and edited by users all over the world
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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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Robot Challenge

In this session, pupils use Lego Wedo robots to master the art of algorithms. First they carefully and accurately follow a set of instructions in order to successfully build their model. Then they create instructions of their own using Wedo’s programming interface, designed to teach children the basics of programming and debugging. Pupils also discover the ways that motors and sensors can be used and controlled to help electronic devices function.

Having attended this course teachers will...

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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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Understanding Networks and the Internet

We are all citizens of the Internet. In this workshop pupils learn how information can be shared between networks across the world through the Internet, and get to grips with the basics of HTML – the language of the World Wide Web.

 

Having attended this course teachers will...

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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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Robots & Computing

In this workshop pupils use floor robots called Bee-Bots to test their programming skills and complete a series of challenges, working as a team with members of their class. These activities allow pupils to practise their directional language by creating simple algorithms which they can then debug in order to get the bee to do as intended.

Having attended this course teachers will...

  • Use our BeeBot simulator to set team challenges - it was made here at the CLC using MIT’s free programming tool, Scratch.
  • Have the children work in pairs with one in role as a Bee-Bot and the other “programming” or instructing him/her to move safely around the classroom.
  • Try this “unplugged” programming idea from Barefoot Computing to help children to understand the principles of programming without the need for expensive technology.
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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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Coding & Animation with Scratch Jr

In this workshop pupils get the chance to create their own interactive animation using the visual programming app Scratch Jr.
Scratch Jr is a free app available for iPad and Android tablets. It has been created by MIT to introduce young children to the basic principles of coding through an easy to operate, drag-and-drop interface.

Having attended this course teachers will...

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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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Games Design with 2Simple’s 2DIY

In this workshop we invite pupils to become games developers as they discover exactly what makes a good computer game. We then use 2Simple’s 2DIY software to enable pupils to put their ideas into practice and create their very own 3D maze game.

Having attended this course teachers will...

  • Find whether your school has a subscription to Purple Mash, and if so check out the many other tools it has to offer
  • Try using iPad apps like Sketch Nation or Scratch Jr to give your pupils access to a whole range of ways to program and create
  • For a tech-free alternative, invite pupils to design their own board game and to explain how to play it
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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


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Raspberry Pi & Minecraft

During this workshop pupils become computer scientists for the day, building Raspberry Pi computers before using the textual programming language Python to hack into one of the world’s most popular computer games: Minecraft.

Having attended this course teachers will...

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calendar Thu 01 Jan 1970


time TBC
 

Problem Solving with Scratch

In this workshop pupils use their higher-order thinking skills to solve a series of mathematical problems in Scratch, exploring a range of age appropriate mathematical concepts.

Having attended this course teachers will...

  • Explore some example Scratch projects
  • Visit the help section of the Scratch website, which contains tutorial videos and “Scratch Cards”, with great tips to get you started
  • Take a look at Scratch Wiki, created and edited by users all over the world
Book