Before the lesson
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- To identify the computer architecture of the Mars Rovers
Pupils should be taught to:
- Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
Pupils needing extra support: This activity is self-supporting and self-extending, but children who are likely to struggle are probably best paired with more confident children so they can watch them before having their own turn.
Pupils working at greater depth: The activity is self-extending, but children should be extended to consider why Rovers are not sent to Mars with greater RAM (cost implications) and to think of other useful sensors and A way of seeing whether the computer has done what you asked it to…. devices which could be included in the 2020 Rover.