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Subject key:

  • Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Computing

Student age:

  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 14-16
  • 16+
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The first programmable system

Design and Technology Engineering Diploma Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14

Type: StarterDuration: 20 mins

Programmable systems are by no means a modern invention. In fact, many regard the first to be Ktesibios's water clock, which was invented approximately 2250 years ago. In this activity, students apply what they know to state inputs, processes and outputs of unfamiliar programmable systems.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging starter activity which checks the student's understanding of what a programmable system is. It asks students to apply what they have already learnt about programmable systems.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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All activity sheets and supporting resources (including film clips!) are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs. 

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