What is a computer?

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1. How are computers used in everyday life?

A computer is a type of machine. It doesn’t have a brain like us and it can’t think or have ideas, but it can follow stored instructions and do lots of useful things.

Wherever we go there seem to be computers. At the doctor's, in the supermarket, even in the cars driving around!

So how are computers used in everyday places?

2. Computers are everywhere!

Click on the picture below and see if you can find more computers that do useful things.

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3. Play a game

Help Crash and Boot find computers in the scrapyard. Try to beat the clock and collect as many as possible!

Can you beat the clock and collect as many as possible?

4. We use computers every day!

People use computers every day even if they don’t realise it. Where can you find computers? Choose one of the three options to find out more.

A DVD player?

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A DVD player?

Yes! Without a computer a DVD player wouldn’t know what to do when you ask it to play or stop.

A wind-up toy?

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A wind-up toy?

No! A wind-up toy doesn’t need a computer to make it go.

A fridge

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A fridge

Yes! A computer can help control the temperature in some new fridges.