CAS Virtual showcase

The last two weeks have been really busy with remote teaching and delivering live lessons at home and in school. Into this busy fortnight I also attended 14 Webinars as part of the CAS Virtual Showcase 2020. With lockdown many tech and education events have either been cancelled or moved to an online platform. CAS […]

Modelling Radioactive decay

A classic GCSE Physics experiment using plastic cubes to model random radioactive decay can be modelled and simulated with Python. You can change the number of starting cubes by editing the line max_count = 100 The whole experiment is carried out before displaying any results! The results are saved to a file called decay_graph

NCCE Certificate in GCSE CS Subject knowledge

I’ve passed! After nearly 6 months of hard work and some challenging logistical arrangements I have completed the National Centre for Computing Education certificate in GCSE Computer Science Subject Knowledge. I am really pleased and proud to have completed this in the first cohort of candidates and look forward to my graduation and Google HQ […]



PRIMM – A structured approach to teaching programming Introduction Whilst at PyconUK 2018 I listened to the keynote talk from Sue Sentance (Chief Learning Officer at the Raspberry Pi Foundation) about some of the pedagogies used by Computer Science teachers, essentially “what is in their toolkit?” As a very experienced Physics teacher I have been […]

Astro Pi workshop


I am always keen to develop my range of workshops and activities for schools and events and was asked to do 4 x 2.5 hour workshops at school during ‘activities week’. I decided to do a new workshop this year based around Astro Pi and using the Sense HAT The presentation can be found here […]

Python: Traffic Lights

Get hands on with LEDs and Python to create your own traffic light. Extension: Disco lights Age: Key Stage 2 and 3 Langauge: Python 3 Hardware: Raspberry Pi, LEDs, (PiStop optional)

NodeRed: Traffic Lights


Getting started with NodeRed and Physical computing. Age: Key Stage 2 and 3 Langauge: Python 3 Hardware: Raspberry Pi, LEDs

Micro:bit Dragon Eggs


Thas was a fun Python Micro:bit and Raspberry Pi workshop carried out at a jam and in a library. This introduced Physical computing in a fun and interesting way. Age: Key Stage 2 and 3 Langauge: Python 3 Hardware: Micro:bit, LEDs, connecting cables

Minecraft at Christmas


This is a fun Python and Minecraft Christmas workshop. Age: Key Stage 2 and 3 Langauge: Python 3 Hardware: Raspberry Pi

Micro:bit Harry Potter

A fun Harry Potter themed workshop using Mirco Python which was used a Library workshop. Age: Key Stage 2 and 3 Langauge: micro python Hardware: Micro:bit