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Computational thinking at school

Mathematics and computational thinking is one of the core skills in the 21st century. Being able to use mathematical approaches to solve problems is important far beyond the classical STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects. Enabling technologies like the Wolfram Language allow us to use algorithms also in areas such as art, modern languages and music. The following video by Conrad Wolfram illustrates the idea: 

There is a entire curriculum being developed by Wolfram to promote computational thinking: Computer Based Maths (CBM).


It is easy to make pupils "experience maths". Here is a simple example (wait until blue bar goes across top of image, or click here.)

It is also easy to visualise 3D objects and even print them out.

This can make mathematics (determine the volume of the cow, surface area, solve differential equations on the surface) much more realistic. 

Modern Languages

It is also possible to analyse the structure of English sentences:

Analysis of topics on the main BBC website:


Generate a map of England showing the gravitational pull and determine the spot in the UK where you weigh least.

These are just a few examples of how a couple of lines of code can add to most of the subjects taught at school. 

Attend our conference and find out more about how computational thinking and maths can help understand the world around you and how to use it in your classroom.

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