Cracking the Code Programming a robotic toy car New

A primary school class codes a set of instructions to tell a robotic toy car to drive to a specific location on a town plan. They will use just three instructions – FORWARD, TURN 90 DEGREES RIGHT, TURN 90 DEGREES LEFT – to get the car to its destination without hitting any shops. They try it on the classroom floor ...
  • 2013
  • 00:05:15
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Programming robots to play football New

Two young coders find out about the instructions that tell robots what to do, looking at the code that operates both a robot football team and an ICub robot that is capable of learning new things. Science reporter Minna Kane takes them to Plymouth University to meet the Black Ninjas, a robot football team who play in the robot World ...
  • 2013
  • 00:08:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Simulating the experience of F1 racing New

Two young coders find out about the physics and data processing that goes into creating a realistic simulator for F1 drivers to use in training. Science presenter Minna Kane takes them to ride with a professional F1 driver at Silverstone, before visiting the University of Hertfordshire’s simulator. The simulator hardware includes high resolution screens, realistic controls and hydraulic legs to ...
  • 2013
  • 00:07:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Programming a computer game New

A Grade 5 class is using Scratch visual programming language to create their own computer games. We see the children at Code Club, writing their own instructions for the sprites (or characters) in a cat and mouse chase game. They talk science presenter Minna Kane through their use of commands such as FOREVER, REPEAT, IF/THEN and adding sounds to their ...
  • 2013
  • 00:04:01
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Creating computer generated visual effects New

Two young coders visit BBC TV Centre to find out how code is used in making Dr Who. We see archive Dr Who footage, and hear how the storyline used to be limited by the number of Dalek props that could be physically built. Science presenter Minna Kane tells us that modern episodes of Dr Who make extensive use of ...
  • 2013
  • 00:07:05
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science The life cycle of stars New

Science presenter and rapper Jon Chase explains how the dust and gas released from dying stars form new stars and solar systems using a Jenga game and a rap. He visits a school where the students play Jenga to demonstrate the balance between the forces in a star, and how they destabilize over time. Jon performs a rap to help ...
  • 2014
  • 00:05:34
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science The Big Bang and red shift New

Jon Chase explains the scale of the solar system and universe using simple demonstrations at a shopping centre and race track. He explains the Doppler effect and introduces red-shift and cosmic microwave background radiation, which provide evidence for an expanding universe. Teacher notes: Use the video as an introduction to a Doppler effect demonstration using a buzzer swung around on ...
  • 2014
  • 00:05:54
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science Nuclear fusion in stars New

Jon Chase explains the nuclear fusion that causes stars like our sun to give out enormous heat. Film footage of a nuclear explosion in a hydrogen bomb is used to draw an analogy with the sun’s energy. He mixes iron oxide and aluminum powder to demonstrate a highly exothermic chemical reaction and relates this to the much greater energy output ...
  • 2014
  • 00:04:20
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science Gravity on Earth and in space New

Jon Chase explains that the mass of an object is constant but its weight depends on the gravitational force. This force is higher on more massive planets and he would weigh more on Jupiter than on Earth. He uses a fairground ride to simulate the feeling of lower and higher gravitational forces. He explains that gravity is the force that ...
  • 2014
  • 00:04:53
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Bitesize Space Science Waves and communication New

Jon Chase demonstrates how electromagnetic waves are used in communication using an infra-red remote control and an outside TV broadcast. He discusses how television broadcast uses microwaves to communicate between Earth and satellites in space. Jon describes and performs a rap about the electromagnetic spectrum and the different types of waves. Teacher notes: The class could use the rap to ...
  • 2014
  • 00:03:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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