Posts Tagged ‘programming’

Review: Python for Kids

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Python for Kids is a new No Starch publication written by Jason R. Briggs. Aimed at children from the ages of 10 up who would like to learn Python, the book starts with the very basics even down to installing Python on your computer. With Python being

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Kodu Kup Launched in the UK

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Recently at this year’s BETT show, the Kodu Kup was officially launched in the UK.  It has been running in the US for a number of years, but this is the first time UK students will get the opportunity to compete against one another.  Any child from

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The Art of Creative Coding

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Taken from the PBSoffbook channel on YouTube: “Programming plays a huge role in the world that surrounds us, and though its uses are often purely functional, there is a growing community of artists who use the language of code as their medium. Their work includes everything from

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Review: Super Scratch Programming Adventure

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Super Scratch Programming Adventure is a new publication from No Starch Press. It is written in a comic book style format and covers 9 projects of varying difficulty. All of the projects are centered around game making and include many references to popular books, films or events

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Codecademy After School Club

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Codecademy have launched an after school club project which includes a scheme of work teacher’s pack and a lounge for teachers to discuss ideas. It is great to see Codecademy still pushing new ideas to introduce programming in schools and these new resources look very good. Sources:

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gcsecomputing.org.uk Review (GCSE Resource)

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gcsecomputing.org.uk is an independent subscription site run by Mike Coley. It hosts resources aimed at the OCR Computing GCSE (although AQA is also planned) and covers unit A451 as well as a few tips for the coursework modules (A452 and A453). The site is full of content

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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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