Sense (programming)

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Sense logo.jpg
Paradigm object-oriented, educational, event-driven
Designed by The Open University
Developer The Open University
First appeared 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Stable release
Build 136
Typing discipline Dynamic
Implementation language Squeak
OS Windows, OS X, Linux[1]
Filename extensions .sb[2]
Major implementations
Influenced by

Sense is an educational programming environment created by The Open University (OU) in the United Kingdom.[3][4] It uses a drag-and-drop programming environment designed to teach students the fundamentals of computer programming, using different shape and colour "blocks" selected from a palette of available commands, meaning that the student needs no prior experience of programming nor need to learn a syntax. It is based on the Scratch programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab,[5] and uses .sb files[6] like Scratch but the two pieces of software cannot use each other's files.[7]

The Sense programming environment is designed to work in conjunction with the SenseBoard, a specialised piece of hardware which connects to a user's computer via a USB connection.[8][9] The SenseBoard has different input types such as sensors for infrared, light, sound (microphone), and temperature (thermometer), and outputs such as a motor and light emitting diodes (LEDs).[10]

Sense and the SenseBoard are primarily used as part of the OU's My Digital Life (TU100) module,[11] but is also used to a lesser degree on other modules. Sense was trialed in London schools in late 2012.


External links[edit]

Official website