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Finite State Machines and Finite State Automata

Jeanette Patterson, Saltus Grammar School Bermuda


Computer Scientists are always looking for methods and models to represent problems in order to make solving them easier. Finite state machines, whilst very much part of the A level syllabus, are actually a very useful tool to model all kinds of problems and situations for all key stages.
This workshop will explain the concepts behind FSM’s and FSA’s including how they fit in with computational thinking such as abstraction and generalisation. There will be some hands on activities and a range of practical tasks that you can take back and use with your own pupils.

Relevant Key Stages: KS3, KS4

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Jeanette Patterson's biography

Jeanette Patterson is the Curriculum Team Leader for Computing and Technical Applications at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth, where she is also Lead Practitioner for Computer Science. She has over twenty three years' experience of teaching A level Computing/Computer Science and is a CAS master teacher. Jeanette is also a member of the team at CAS North East, centred at Newcastle University where she is based part-time.

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