A group of children were fortunate enough to take part in a workshop run by Newcastle University STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) entitled “Computer Science Unplugged”.
The aim of the project was to promote these subjects and allow the children to think about careers in these fields.
The children were challenged by carrying out Computer Science without using computers.
They worked through a range of activities, primarily in pairs, that highlighted the underlying principles of Computer Science such as algorithms and programming. The children built networks and developed programming through verbal instructions. They realised that computers are not intelligent and can only follow instructions and this illustrated the importance of understanding algorithms which the children experience by using blinking communications and minimising questioning.
The session was most enjoyable and the children had an insight into computer programming.