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Sometimes, the best way to get to grips with some concept is to get your hands dirty and get stuck in! Electronics, programming, robotics, all of these complement each other and help you learn one thing in the context of another. There are lots of physical computing resources - some cheap, some expensive. Pick your budget and crack on.


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I am in now way endorsing any of these products so if you buy them and they aren't any use to you, do not come crying to my door blaming me, "you said this and you said that" style. I shan't be listening. Not my fault.

Essential if you are thinking of developing any physical computing acumen in your students. The new Pi-Top 4 is super cool.
££Lock picking set
Used as a practical demonstration of brute force attack / penetration testing.
£Plastic cups
Write numbers or letters on them and use them to demonstrate sorting and searching algorithms.
Ozobot make award-winning robots for the next generation of creators. Their bots can be coded two ways: online with OzoBlockly and screen-free with Color Codes. Their mission is to inspire young minds to go from consuming technology to creating it.
Bee-Bot is a perfect starting point for teaching control, directional language and programming.
£ - ££Flash drives
Great for putting portable apps on like WinPython and XAMPP portable.
££££Whiteboard tables
Not CS related but tables with whiteboard surfaces and a box of pens. Great for working on problems.
££ - £££££Makeblock
Learn coding with hardware.
Kano is a computer kit that students build themselves so they can learn about computing hardware and programming.
£££Wacom Graphics Tablets
Wacom's line of creative pen tablets include a range of choices for your creative interests.
££Computer Combat Cards
Books and card games that teach computer science
££BBC Microbits
Get creative, get connected, get coding!
£££££Lego Mindstorms
Let your builder unleash the creative powers of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3. They can build robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine.
££ - £££Crumble
Combine crumbs to make physical programming fun.
£££Lego Education WeDo
WeDo 2.0 makes primary school science and computing come to life through hands-on tasks, real-world projects, and relevant technology that engages pupils.
££Digirule 2
The Interactive binary ruler. A 15cm Interactive Binary Ruler with Seven Logic Gates, Four Flip Flops and a Four Bit Binary Counter.
£££Turing Tumble
A marble powered computer to teach you how computers work.
Micro:bit and Raspberry Pi accessories to die for.

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Last modified: November 15th, 2021
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