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The Art of Glitch

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Glitches – normally a headache for most IT users. Whether it be a corrupt upload or a scratched game disc. However, there are a group of people who are embracing these glitches and instead are turning them into pieces of art. Glitch artists enjoy the aesthetics of

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Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors at MIT

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Those clever people over at MIT have been showing off their new technology. Control algorithms for flying autonomous (un-manned) helicopters have been around for a while now, but MIT have come up with the first GPS-denied autonomous airplane capable of flying indoors. Check out the video here:

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GCSE WJEC CS Course Accredited for 2012

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WJEC have gained accreditation for their new GCSE course and it is available from September 2012. According to WJEC their specification offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the way computers work, and to create and review computer programs for real-life purposes based on their

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Alice 3.1 Released

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Alice 3 has finally moved from BETA to a full release. Designed to help support the transition to programming in Java, Alice 3.1 is aimed primarily at KS4 and A-Level students. Alice 2 will continue to be available and supported and will be aimed at KS2 and

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Kodu Mars Edition Announced

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Kodu have announced that they are soon to release Kodu: Mars Edition This will highlight NASA’s mission to Mars which was highlighted in a recent Coding at School news post. The new edition will have a new character as well as three new curriculum pieces to help

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Animation 12 Winners Announced

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The winners of this year’s Animation 12 competition was announced this week and now the videos showcasing their efforts have been put online. This years overall winner winning the EA Hollywood Beckons Award were Harvey Rothman and Stephen Leadbetter from Llandrindod High School.   You can watch

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Why do YouTube views freeze at 301?

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Numberphile pays a visit to YouTube and learns the secret behind one of the website’s famous idiosyncrasies – why view counts on new videos often freeze at 301. It is a good video to show when teaching IF conditionals. It gives a real life example of how

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Challenges of Getting to Mars

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A great video outlining the difficulty in landing the NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars. It is mentioned in the video that it took over 500,000 lines of code to program the landing procedure. Certainly worth showing to your students to show another use of programming in the

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Kuato: Play games and learn programming

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Developers Kuato are currently working on a very interesting project to help teach kids how to program whilst playing a game. They have licensed the AI technology from SRI International – the company that designed SIRI for the iPhone. It looks like a very interesting project and

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YGD: Bradford Workshop Highlights

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Young Game Designers have taken the best bits from the live stream of their workshop at the National Media Museum and put them online as a video tutorial. Watch their guest experts share their top tips on how to design or make a winning game. Bradford Workshop

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