9. Connected City

By Martin Crabbe | March 06 2019

9. Connected City

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Education and Education

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    Climate Action 9 (#Love London. Love the World.)

    Target audience: Key Stage 3 Computing students

    1. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Global Goal 9)
    • Read the cartoon strip about Global Goal 9.
    • How can computers support a more connected London?
    • Are there any other ways of connecting the complex infrastructure of London without using computers?
    • Why is the infrastructure of London so complex?

    1. Connected City

    Over 26 million trips are made on an average day in London, and that number is growing year after year. Improving the efficiency of London’s transport leads not only to savings in time and costs but also other important benefits such as reduced energy consumption and air pollution. Students will look into the computing behind the road traffic signals and see how their learning is applied in the real life of the city, which might include visits and interactions with Transport for London engineers. As well as simple mechanical alternation of traffic at junctions, computer sensing and data collection can be used to control traffic flow on a larger scale, manage congestion, change driver behaviour and share the roads more evenly between different users such as cars and cyclists.

    The overarching theme is of computational thinking as an approach to represent and solve the problems involved in managing and improving traffic flow in London. Students will see that this is at the heart of decision making and engineering computing solutions in the real world.

    Click here to see the resources on Connected City

    With special mention to UCL Institute of Education and Computing at School ( Part of the BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT)

    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.

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