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News & Product Updates

News articles, main blog and also homepage articles.
  • The Big Food Survey And The BBC micro:bit

    Team BBC micro:bit has teamed up with the health research charity the Wellcome Trust on their latest project, The Crunch. They want to hear all about how we eat, so that they can start talking about how food has the power to change our bodies and our whole environment. There will also be a BBC micro:bit firmware update that will give the BBC micro:bit the extra functionality that it will need.
  • The Motor Driver Board For The BBC micro:bit V2

    As has been highlighted in the most recent BBC micro:bit newsletter, we have just launched a new and improved version of our very popular Motor Driver Board for the BBC micro:bit, The Motor Driver Board V2.
  • Make A Time-Lapse 3D Print Video With A GoPro

    We're always looking for interesting ways to show off our kits, and recently we got hold of a Go Pro to take some buggies eye footage (more on that soon). Whilst we were all set up we thought we'd show you how easy it is to make a time-lapse video of a 3D print on the Robox RBX-01 Printer using a Go Pro.
  • Robot Buggy Part 1 An Introduction

    This fun learning resource has been put together to provide teachers with an all in one design and technology challenge that you can set for your students over the course of a term or a year. The resource includes a number of different design and technology aspects; electronics, mechanical assembly, 2D and 3D design, using a laser cutter, using a 3D printer and coding and testing. There are also alternative production methods highlighted in the individual resources.
  • Coming Soon - New Kits and Products

    Whilst many of our customers enjoy a well earned holiday during August, we're busy putting the final touches to some exciting new kits, and bringing you a couple of additions to our materials section.
  • Making A Giant Illuminated Rubix Cube With Perspex Sheets

    Geoff Hampson, one of our company directors, was charged with designing and building something iconic from the epic '80s. There are many things that spring to mind when you think about the '80s but if you were at school during this period, as I was, then you undoubtedly have a lot of memories of the Rubix cube craze. Challenge accepted!
  • D&T: 87 MPs Demand Inclusion Of Subject In EBacc

    MP Michelle Donelan has secured the support of almost 90 MP's for a proposed change to EBacc that would allow schools to class design and technology as a science and offer it as a choice to students.
  • Electro Fashion Day At Nottingham Trent University

    Kevin and Tim were at NTU yesterday to see the fantastic projects that the students had created using products from our Electro Fashion range. Four ideas were presented on the day that were all excellent and all very different from each other. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring visit.
  • Robox Update Automaker To V2.01.02

    Robox Update Automaker To V2.01.02 . As CEL Robox have moved deeper into dual material printing, recent updates to their Automaker software have been geared towards facilitating this. There have been a number of multi-material related new features and a few days ago they updated Automaker to V2.01.02. This added another new feature for removing the gap between the support material and your part, when using a dual material head.
  • 8 Things You Didn't Know About Perspex® Acrylic Sheets

    As Perspex sheets are one of the most popular materials found in Design and Technology departments we thought it would be interesting to share some facts that many people may not know. We've picked 8 things that we think many people won't know about this highly versatile and widely used design material. How many did you know?
  • Design And Technology Upcycling With Burned By Design

    I never expected to be thinking about work last weekend when I was at the East Midlands Flower Show, but when I saw the fantastic creations of Burned by Design and went over to have a closer look. It turned out that the owner, Alex, is a Design and Technology teacher.
  • Replenish D&T Stocks For The New School Year

    The summer holidays are almost upon us and D&T Department stocks may be beginning to dwindle, so why not replenish D&T stocks before the summer to ensure the new school year gets off to a flying start.
  • Use The BBC micro:bit As An Instrument Tuner

    In this tutorial we are going to highlight how easy it is to code the BBC micro:bit as an instrument tuner. We will focus mainly on making a Guitar tuner but we will also provide download links for several different types of tuner.
  • DIY Precision Tools Project

    Our good friends at Just Add Sharks have created a great resource detailing how you can make your own precision tools. These projects show how you can make cost effect precision tools with some plywood and access to a laser cutter.
  • Out And About With Kitronik

    This week and next, armed with BBC micro:bits and accessories, Kitronik are breaking free from the office and attending fun education based events that are aimed at showing young people and educators that there is a world of opportunity out there for people with the right skills.

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