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From burglar alarms to data logging with Scratch and Picoboard

Nick Cook, Newcastle University


In this session we will explore the world light, sound, sliders and resistance sensors using Scratch and the Picoboard. We will show how students can use a Picoboard to build burglar alarms, electronic room capacity monitors, slider controls and data loggers, and gain an understanding of their real-world counterparts.

Relevant Key Stages: KS1, KS2, KS3

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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 (

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