1.1 CSIM vocabulary

Physical Computing

Building interactive physical systems using software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world.

computer science

The science of creating artifacts and solving problems using the help of a computer. Some of the areas of focus include software engineering, programming, data analysis, algorithms, graphics, and animation.


A set of instructions that a computer executes to achieve a particular objective.


A standard, short-range wireless connection for electronic devices.


An interruption or break in a signal or transmission from one device to another.


A small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor, memory, and programmable inputs and outputs.


A chip that processes information and data from input and delivers information or data as an output.

Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) antenna

An antenna used to create a personal area network that uses low energy to power Bluetooth wireless technology.


The results of the operation of a system. Example - a computer output could be information or signals produced or delivered.


Something put into a system, such as resources, information, or signals, in order to achieve a result.