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Theoretical computers for KS3 computing teachers - Fun With Finite State Machines - This event is in Lincoln Wednesday Mar 8, 2017 from 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Organised by: Victoria EllisVictoria Ellis Hosted by: Lincoln Castle Academy
CAS East Midlands (Nottingham Trent University)
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Theoretical computers for KS3 computing teachers - Fun With Finite State Machines

Wednesday Mar 8, 2017 from 2:00PM to 6:00PM

Topics and activities included: state diagrams, abstraction for programming and understanding the Turing machine.

In this Unit, through a number of classroom activities, we introduce some theoretical models of computation that were developed by early computer scientists to try to formalise the notion of an algorithm. This goes right to the heart of Computer Science, encouraging learners to reason about what it means to compute something.

Training event using the CAS Tenderfoot resources

Introductory video for Theoretical Computers:

Please note/ Important information/ Pre-Session items for the Theoretical Computers session

The host of this event has asked that prior to attending the Theoretical Computers session it will help if you do the following:

Take a look at the CAS Tenderfoot introduction video (4 minutes)

Download the Hexaflexagon template (A3) and make yourself a finite state machine. (Or bring along the folded paper and we’ll make it together.)
The template (A3)

Take a look at the Theoretical Computers video (4 minutes)

Take a look at a very straightforward video (9 minutes) explaining a finite-state machines can be found at This is one of the Computerphile videos recommended in the presentation and is an excellent introduction to the basics.


Lincoln Castle Academy

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