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Inventor centre presentation

  1. 1. Workshop Technology at Hamilton's Fairfield Intermediate School
  2. 2. Technology Exposure <ul><li>Yr 8 students - 18 lessons in the workshop </li></ul><ul><li>$8000 annual budget > $14/per student </li></ul><ul><li>2009 - students built and modified kitset mechanical toys </li></ul><ul><li>2010 - students build and personalise a small wooden cabinet </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly extension time for Technology teacher’s discretion </li></ul>1
  3. 3. <ul><li>Equipment pack: software, equipment, tools </li></ul><ul><li>Year long weekly extension class: 15 students </li></ul><ul><li>Outline: cardboard circuit board, basic components, theory (voltage, current resistance), breadboarding, programming, inputs & outputs, interfacing </li></ul><ul><li>Design & develop own µ C based project </li></ul>2
  4. 4. What have you learnt? 3
  5. 5. Highlights <ul><li>Inventor Centre website </li></ul><ul><li>YENKA, PEBBLE </li></ul><ul><li>UK: buggies/t4 boards £30, 08M £1 NZ: buggies $150, 08M $6 </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew’s breadboards, patchPCBs, download cables, PICangels </li></ul><ul><li>Sets of buggies, t4 boards, Rudolphs, power supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Printed manuals </li></ul><ul><li>Servos, 1w LEDs, BC337 </li></ul><ul><li>System cards </li></ul><ul><li>Model 08M </li></ul>Image courtesy of Andrew Hornblo w 4
  6. 6. Challenges <ul><li>Restricting students to manageable projects </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively tight timeframe </li></ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Student’s forgetting timetable </li></ul><ul><li>Home-made cheap vs bought-in quick reliable </li></ul><ul><li>Managing students/projects/problems (duplicate book) </li></ul>5
  7. 7. Tips <ul><li>Orders under NZ$400 from UK avoid GST </li></ul><ul><li>Orders under £50 cost only £12 shipping </li></ul><ul><li>Have a go, learn with them, show them where to find help. Just be a really good signpost. </li></ul><ul><li>Make students responsible for their learning. If they forget classes, don’t chase them. </li></ul><ul><li>Kids can program in BASIC! </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully presented theory really helps them understand and think for themselves – teaching potential dividers was useful </li></ul>6
  8. 8. 2011 <ul><li>Replace Inventor Centre with small furniture making classes </li></ul><ul><li>All workshop students develop a 21 st century cabinet, incorporating µ C on cheap PCB/spiderboard? </li></ul>Bare PCB + 08 for £1? Image courtesy of Andrew Hornblow 7
  9. 9. Links <ul><li>UK supplier tech-supplies.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>PICAXE / PEBBLE picaxe.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Datasheets datasheetcatalog.com </li></ul><ul><li>Inv. Ctr. blog inventorcentre.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>YENKA PICs www.yenka.com </li></ul><ul><li>Curious? [email_address] </li></ul>8

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