Age range: 11-14
Duration: 0 - 29 mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering

The first programmable system

Recognise programmable systems

Programmable systems are by no means a modern invention. In fact, many regard the first to be Ktesibios's water clock, which was invented approximately 2250 years ago. In this activity, students apply what they know to state inputs, processes and outputs of unfamiliar programmable systems.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging starter activity which checks the student's understanding of what a programmable system is. It asks students to apply what they have already learnt about programmable systems.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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