A Look Back at the D&T Association Summer School 2015

Earlier this month the BBC micro:bit was launched at New Broadcasting House and a couple of days later Geoff took it to show teachers at the D&T Association Summer School. The BBC micro:bit, a small hand held computer that will be given to all year 7 students later this term was well received by the teachers, with most wanting to know what it could do and when they could get their hands on one.

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We are one of a number of partner organisations that are helping to deliver the BBC micro:bit project and are focusing on what can be achieved with the device within D&T. The BBC micro:bit features a 5 x 5 LED matrix for scrolling text and images, a couple of buttons, an accelerometer to detect if the device is tilted or moved, a compass or magnetometer that knows which way the device is pointing relative to north as well as a cut down version of blue tooth (BLE) allowing the device to talk to the internet. It also has an expansion connector which is great to use in Design and Technology.

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NTU Subject Enhancement - GloSport

NTU Subject Enhancement - GloSport

We recently attended the final presentation of the NTU Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) students where they showed the results of their recent work on the theme 'being visible'. This week we'll take a closer look at one of the groups who came up with GloSport. Early on the group had decided that they were going to address the issue of pedestrians and cyclists not being visible enough on the roads, following some research into the amount of deaths as a result of collision with a vehicle. They... Read more

NTU (SKE) in Design and Technology 2015

NTU (SKE) in Design and Technology 2015

Last week we attended the final presentation of the NTU Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) students, a course for graduates with a degree in a subject other than D&T, who wish to train as secondary Design and Technology teachers. They had spent a lot of the last seven weeks working on their projects, and we were excited to see what the four groups came up with. Their brief was: "Create a range of resources for Kitronik University that include: A video tutorial for the manufacture of a soft... Read more

BBC micro:bit CAD Resources - Kitronik University

BBC micro:bit CAD Resources - Kitronik University

This Kitronik University resource is part of the BBC micro:bit partnership and features FREE downloadable CAD files in relation to the BBC micro:bit. These downloadable files are available in three different formats and have been made using Autodesk's Inventor Professional. The BBC micro:bit CAD Files The team here at Kitronik have created a CAD model of the BBC micro:bit. We will be using this model to produce many of the resources we will be creating for the BBC micro:bit. We're sure these models... Read more

Featuring: NTU Fuzzy Circuits - LED Wallet/Purse

Featuring: NTU Fuzzy Circuits - LED Wallet/Purse

A student studying Secondary Design and Technology Education at Nottingham Trent University designed a purse with built-in LED, fixing the age old issue of searching for bits of change in the dark. In quoting Buechley, The student was ‘aiming to attract more women and girls’, and to ‘inspire and educate the next generation of scientists and engineers’. Aimed at Key Stage 3 pupils and therefore a simplified kit, the student aimed to find a way that students could use simple E-Textiles ideas... Read more

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