Wonderful Work in Computer Science

Last term, as part of the technology enrichment pathway, select Year 10 pupils learned how to use professional 3D modelling software to create 3D characters and short animations - including snowmen (which coincided with the ‘Beast from the East’ in March). They also learned about some of the 3D design, animation and digital media courses offered at university.

This term in the pathway we are focused on practical programming. We have been learning how to program BBC Micro:Bits using Python and how to connect electrical components such as LED lights, motors, resistors and buttons. Learning how electronics and programming can be combined will help our pupils to experience what electronic engineering or electronic product design courses might involve.

 

Finally, pupils in Year 10 Computer Science have been learning about computer networks including: the types of connections and hardware used, the ways networks are arranged, and the protocols (set of rules) used to transfer data. To help recall and apply the things they have learned, pupils have been creating posters to organise information about network protocols and have created mind maps for revision. As a result, our computer scientists can now answer questions such as:

 

  • What is the internet?
  • What is the cloud and why is it so popular?
  • Why is fibre optic broadband so fast?
  • What is Wi-Fi and how does it work?
  • How is data transferred across the internet?