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Physical computing in primary with the Crumble controller

Nick Cook, Newcastle University, and Jane Waite, CAS London


An introduction to physical computing using the Crumble controller. Use the very simple block based programming language to sequence coloured lights, add loops and move on to sensors and movement. The aim is for you:
- To be able to build a small physical computing project and program it, in less than 30 minutes
- To know what kind of (DT and Computing) projects are possible with a crumble kit
- To have fun and be inspired!

Relevant Key Stages: KS1, KS2

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Nick Cook's biography

Nick is a senior lecturer in Computing Science at Newcastle University teaching operating systems and systems programming to Stage 2 undergraduates. He is responsible for CS outreach and widening participation. He has been an active member of CAS since 2010 and leads CAS North East (

Jane Waite's biography

Jane works for Queen Mary University of London providing teacher support and teacher training. She is also doing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London researching the use of design in primary programming. She has worked on research projects at King's College London with Sue Sentance on PRIMM research and on an early review of the use of the Micro:bit. Jane writes for cs4fn, Cambridge International and previously worked on the Barefoot Project, you can blame her for Aligator Algorithm. Before that, she worked as a primary teacher for 10 years and before that as a developer in industry for 20 years.

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