Scratching the Surface

I’ve just started a project with some 5th and 6th class pupils using Scratch.  For the uninitiated, Scratch is a visual programming language that is similar to building virtual Lego.​  I’ll try and explain a little better. When you open Scratch, you are faced with a cartoon cat and the user’s job is to get him to do things.  For example, you can move him left or right, make him…

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Bee Bot – essential kit?

Bee-Bot is a robot shaped like a bee.  It’s a very simple but brilliant device that allows the user to move the Bee-Bot either forwards or backwards and either turn left or right.  It’s best used with a Bee-Bot grid – either a template or a see-through blank.  You can see a video of it in action by following this link. In the above example, I had scattered a number…

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Having Fun with Computer Programming and Games

Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, the Departmentof Computing IT Tallaght and CIO Ireland with the support of theDepartment of Education Transition Year Support Services are pleasedto announce the availability of a set of materials “Having Fun withComputer Programming and Games” for transition year students. The unitconsists of 10 modules and of approximately 45 hours of teachingmaterials. The materials are freely available and can be downloaded atwww.lero.ie/educationoutreach/transitionunit/.Students use…

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SchoolBots

​‘Build the best, destroy the rest’SchoolBots is a computer game programming competition aimed at transition year students and above at secondary schools in Ireland. The entrants use Java to program robot tanks to battle in an arena against each other. The competition is  organised and hosted by Tipperary Institute, which offers a number of courses in multimedia development. The idea behind the game is to build a software robot and…

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