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Science and Technology Free Open Educational Resources

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In previous posts the availability on the JISC Jorum repository of six Open Education Resources (OERs) from the former School of Science and Technology (now part of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology) at the University of Northampton was discussed. After 13 years the Jorum repository was discontinued.

Three of the OERs though were migrated across to the JISC Apps and resource store and available for reuse.

1. C Programming


Now available at https://store.jisc.ac.uk/#/resource/8395.


















2. Summary of Evolutionary Algorithms


Now available at https://store.jisc.ac.uk/#/resource/8405























3. Properties of Ultrasonic Waves


Now available at https://store.jisc.ac.uk/#/resource/8232













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Teaching Neural Networks using Excel and Scratch

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Originally from https://computingnorthampton.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/experiments-in-teaching-neural-networks.html

Excel Based







Scratch-based
More details available at https://computingnorthampton.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/miniproject-using-scratch-to-build-and.html including links to the code.

All views and opinions are the author's and do not necessarily reflected those of anyorganisationthey are associated with. Twitter: @scottturneruonAll views are the authors, and may not reflect the views of any organisation the author is connected with in any way.

Teaching Genetic Algorithms with Excel

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In a previous post I discussed using Scratch and Excel to model neurones. This post looks at using Excel and six-sided dice as a way of developing insights into how  Genetic Algorithm work, before going on to program one. 

A very simplified version of Tournament Selection is used for the parent selection and the mutation works by rolling a die to get a number between 1-6.

The problem to be solved is to find the lowest values for x and y in the equation 
(x-6)*(x-6)+(y-1)*(y-1).






Routine


Using an Excel spreadsheet,  roll two dice six times. Fill in the first two columns with these numbers - these are X and Y values for each solution.The fitness scores should be calculated based on the equation. Low values for this problem are best.1st Parent: Roll two dice, if the numbers are same reroll one die to until the numbers are different. Use the two values to select the 1st parent, the solution with the lowest fitness of the two. Take the X part of the selected parent and it forms the X part of the…

Green Apple Award for helping teach children to code

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Taken from: http://www.northampton.ac.uk/news/university-of-northampton-receives-a-green-apple-award-for-helping-teach-children-to-code/


The University of Northampton has been praised for a competition it helped set up with the aim of improving the teaching of computer coding and school pupils’ technology skills. The Race to the Top contest, which challenged children across the county to design a digital game or mobile app based around saving energy, was awarded a Gold Green Apple Award by the Green Organisation. These are awarded for projects which are considered to be demonstrative of environmental best practice within the public sector. The winning teams were from Park Junior School in Wellingborough and Kettering Buccleuch Academy who came up with a game which challenges players to fix degrading solar panels on the school roof and an app which tracks household energy consumption. The competition was organised by the University of Northampton, in partnership with Northamptonshire C…

Unplugged Artist's Chapter

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A recently released book Teaching Computing Unplugged in Primary Schools  edited by Helen Caldwell (University of Northampton) and Neil Smith (Open University) has a number of interesting chapters by authors who are passionate about how computing is taught in schools. The central theme is unplugged activities, without using computers, but still teach the fundamental of computational thinking.

Ok, confession time. I co-wrote, along with Katharine Childs (Code Club), Chapter 3 Artists so I am biased here, but I believe in the central theme of Unplugged Computing. Computing, and Computational Thinking in general,  is not just about programming and using a computer (though using computers and  programming are vitally important to Computing) but it is also about many other things including problem-solving, being creative and working collaboratively.

Chapter 3 is about linking these computational thinking ideas to produce visual art, by applying computing principles including  repetition, fol…

Enhancing Computing Student Employability Skills Through Partnership Working in STEM Outreach

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Enhancing Computing Student Employability Skills Through Partnership Working in STEM Outreach - Springer:


Scott Turner
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-29166-6_10


Published in Software Engineering Education Going AgilePart of the series Progress in IS pp 67-71

Abstract Student volunteering is growing in the UK and elsewhere, and there is an ongoing debate about whether it is really “self-evidently a ‘good thing’” or there is a greater need for reflection to determine whether this statement is true (Holdsworth and Quinn, Studies in Higher Education, 35(1), 113–127, 2010). This paper presents a personal reflection of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) volunteering as a potential route to increasing Computing student’s employability.




References

1. STEMNet (2015) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network [online] Available at: http:// www. stemnet. org. uk/  Accessed on: 24thJanuary 2015

2. Sinclair J, Allen A, Davis L, Goodchild T, Messenger J, Turner S (2014) "Enh…

Nuffield Research Placement at University of Northampton

Matthew takes control of robot research project https://t.co/KwObVMkpRk@NuffieldFound#microbit#junkbotpic.twitter.com/2e32xyucTF — Scott Turner (@scottturneruon) September 1, 2016
Alex aims to make life better for Northampton’s cyclists The University of Northampton https://t.co/oiIS7z0hxk@UniNorthants@UniNhantsNews — Scott Turner (@scottturneruon) August 31, 2016
6th form student works with University on app for pet owners https://t.co/sQSFwMWRHc@NuffieldFound@MoultonResearchpic.twitter.com/BY0FsaKoRS — Scott Turner (@scottturneruon) September 9, 2016
Amazing - well done Calum! https://t.co/gZxj8ouLI8 — Nuffield Foundation (@NuffieldFound) September 12, 2016
Sixth form student from Northants works with University on app for pet owners https://t.co/WoIVC1T1NDpic.twitter.com/jDe5MFybjV— Lawrence John (@LawrenceJohnHP) September 10, 2016
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