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What next on your journey with physical computing?

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of the course. Lorraine, Joe and Steven from Lancaster University would like to thank you for taking this course. We hope you found it helpful and useful in your journey of discovering more abut physical computing.

We’ve covered a lot in 4 weeks

Week 1

You were introduced to the basics of physical computing, you got a tour of industry. We started with the structure of physical computing: its software, hardware, materials and microcontrollers. Do you have a favourite microcontroller? We do!

Joe: Lorraine: Steven:

You finished week 1 by creating your first program and designing your own icon. I hope you shared your icon with us!

Week 2

Week 2 was all about data. How we capture data, what we do with it, what it means, the implications of data. We also did a quick intro to some programming theory. How did you get on with the programming quiz in week 2?

Week 3

Week 3 we started our physical computing challenges. I really hope you were able to take part in the challenges. Even if you didn’t have the physical devices, we tried to make the challenges as accessible as possible.

Week 4

In this final week we completed the final challenge by pulling together everything you’ve learnt over the last 4 weeks. We then talked about the real world implications of physical computing.

And then you arrived here! Where to next?

Where next?

As always, we’d love to hear from you! There will be a feedback form when you complete this course: do let us know your thoughts there. You can leave comments below too.

If you haven’t seen our 2 week physical computing course, it’s available here: /courses/an-introduction-to-physical-computing/1

We’d recommend any of the courses created by our partners through the Institute of Coding. This was just one course of several created by us, Lancaster University. There’s also a set of courses on Virtual Reality created by our colleagues. Then the University of the Arts, London (UAL) created even more courses like “Design a Feminist Chatbot”, “Introduction to Indie Games”. Find them all here: /courses/collections/creative-technologies

If you’re interested in programming and are a beginner, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has a selection of courses at FutureLearn: /partners/raspberry-pi

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