Algorithms & Programming is...
Algorithms are sets of instructions. We use instructions every day to get things done. A chef follows a recipe to make her favourite dish; the recipe is an algorithm. A pupil may follow a set of instructions to carry out a science experiment in school, those instructions are an algorithm.
Programming is the implementation of algorithms. We learn to write computer programs so that computers can follow our instructions to behave intelligently, Add a little creativity to programming and it often results in innovation.
The workshops that fall under this category all have an element of programming, or at the very least algorithmic thinking within them. Pupils are taught to solve problems by writing and implementing their own algorithms, through dance and magic and more.
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Taken from the material originally developed at Langley Grammar School, this workshop combines mental maths skills with computing and algorithmic thinking. The day begins by encouraging pupils to think about about algorithms and introduces this concept through magic. Early on pupils are encouraged to decompose existing puzzles and tricks to identify the algorithm behind them as well as extend their learning to develop their own puzzles and magic tricks. Pupils then move onto the concept of variables and random numbers using unplugged activities before the quiz is introduced.