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 http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/Tenderfoot
Introductory video for Theoretical Computers: https://goo.gl/2rqZcB
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) http://goo.gl/glyhQk
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) https://goo.gl/XnQ6VT
Take a look at the Theoretical Computers video (4 minutes) https://goo.gl/zyv0IZ
Take a look at a very straightforward video (9 minutes) explaining a finite-state machines can be found at http://youtu.be/vhiiia1_hC4
This is one of the Computerphile videos recommended in the presentation and is an excellent introduction to the basics.
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