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Coding Ants

Key info...

Learning level: Lower Key Stage 2
Location: Life's educational laboratories, Life Science Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Availibility: On demand

Coding Ants is a workshop which helps students understand how coding and programs work.

Students use a practical model and virtual ant program in NetLogo to observe the way very simple instructions in simple systems can lead to emergent behaviours.
More able groups can explore what happens when errors creep into the instructions. 
This is part of a new programme of workshops to meet the latest National Curriculum requirements for primary students to learn coding.
In partnership with Cognesence.

What will you learn?

Curriculum Links
Computing KS2
  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals.
  • Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs. Work with variables and various forms of input and output.
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms work.
  • Use a variety of software to design and create a range of programmes including analysing and presenting data.
Aims and objectives
  • Develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology.
  • Develop and apply their analytic, problem solving, design and computational thinking skills.