Electronics, E-textiles & Programming 

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Scroll down to see the range of electronics courses we run including:

  • Beginner’s guide to electronics
  • Beginner’s guide to e-textiles
  • Beginner’s guide to programming (using Crumble)
  • More advanced courses on electronics, e-textiles & programming
  • Courses on the BBC micro:bit



STEM Centre 2

Teaching Electronics, including E-textiles, in D&T GCSE

3rd & 4th November 2017 (2 day residential) 
The National STEM Learning Centre, York
Bookings are made via the STEM Centre website

State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee & for accommodation. Find out more.

Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the course details on the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 


Outcomes

  • gain hands on experience of electronics and E-textiles, learning how to programme and create programmable circuits
  • develop your confidence in teaching electronics, and increase your knowledge of programmable circuits and components
  • create lesson content that meets the electronics element of the key stage 3 and design and technology GCSE curriculum (including E-textiles content)


Content

Over two days, you will develop your skills from being an absolute beginner in electronics e-textiles and programming to becoming someone who can deliver them confidently in your classroom.

This two day course focuses on the electronics and programming elements of the design and technology GCSE, showing how they can be delivered through any design and technology material area, including textiles. This is also relevant to teachers looking to develop electronics, E-textiles and programming in their key stage 3 curriculum.

You don’t need any previous experience of electronics, E-textiles or programming and may be from any material specialism.

Please note, this course is not suitable for anyone who is experienced in electronics or those wishing to deliver electronics as a specific focus for the design and technology GCSE. For example, we will not be including some of the more technical content in the Eduqas design and technology GCSE qualification.

  • exploring the electronics subject content from the new design and technology GCSE specifications, such as understanding inputs, processes and outputs
  • discovering a variety of components referred to in the new design and technology GCSE specifications, including different types of LEDs, switches, sensors, buzzers and motors
  • hands-on activities to support the teachingand learning of electronics and E-textiles
  • considering how the design and technology GCSE electronics broader material content can be covered through E-textiles
  • learning the basics of programming using the Crumble microcontroller and its free downloadable software
  • resources to take away that help embed electronics and E-textiles into your curriculum

Sessions will be hands-on, and each participant will receive a free Crumble microcontroller and a variety of electronic components as part of the course.

To find out more about how E-textiles can be integrated into a textiles curriculum, take a look at this article.

What delegates say about this course

Fantastic session, so interesting. I learnt so much I can use in my teaching & learning.

Great hands on activities. Made circuits understandable to a non specialist and wasn’t scary.

I now feel confident to deliver programming to a class.

Extremely useful, particularly making the samples. Good trouble shooting tips.

I had heard about Crumble but didn’t feel able to use it - now I feel able to incorporate it into textiles. 

Lots of ideas that are realistic for use back in the classroom. A realistic view of real classrooms and delivered from a teacher’s perspective. 

I've massively benefited from this course. Coming from a background of craft I’m now excited rather than scared of bringing electronics into textiles.

Really boosted my confidence to embed electronics into textiles. Very excited to have plenty to time across the course to make resources. 

Great course, exciting, a lot of help and amazing resources. 

Excellent, fast paced with lots of hands on experimenting.

Gave me a realistic introduction to electronics that I can use in the classroom. Great little tips for making e-textiles workable giving me the confidence to use it with pupils. 

Beyond useful! Feel ready to go and start planning my new GCSE SOW!

I loved all the practical tips for taking e-textiles into the classroom, making it accessible and affordable.

All really good but Crumble programming especially so. It has demystified things a lot and turned an experience I was dreading into something I’m looking forward to teaching.  

One of the best courses I have been on. 


How to book this course

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Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the course details on the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 



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Getting to Grips With Using the Crumble Controller in D&T

6th & 7th November 2017 (2 day residential) 
The National STEM Learning Centre, York
Bookings are made via the STEM Centre website

State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee & for accommodation. Find out more.

Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the course details on the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 


Outcomes

  • Gain hands-on experience in programming the Crumble with the free to download Crumble software
  • Explore the use of lights, sensors, buzzers and switches to create programmable projects for key stage 3 and 4
  • Learn how to connect motors and create your own Crumble buggy
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Content

The Crumble Controller is a programmable board that can be quickly used to create programmable design and technology projects. The Crumble is controlled by easy to assemble blocks of code that combine to create programs downloaded straight to the Crumble device. The software used to write the code is free.

No previous experience necessary, get two days of hands-on tuition, getting you up to speed with programming the device, connecting electrical components and planning projects for key stage 3.

You will learn how to use the free Crumble software to make lights change colour and use sensors and switches to control the device. You will also use motors to introduce movement with the potential to create roving buggies in the classroom.

All materials and components for you to use during the day will be available for you to take away, allowing you to continue to develop your own projects back in school.

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What delegates say about this course

This was unknown territory for me. The session has given me the confidence to play with Crumble and take risks.

Excellent introduciton to Crumble. Really simple, easy to use & excellent resources to take back into tthe classroom.

The Crumble has opened up a new range of project ideas for me.


How to book this course

Book this course
Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the course details on the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 



Micro:bit in Secondary D&T

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20th & 21st November 2017 (2 day residential) 
The National STEM Learning Centre, York 
Bookings are made via the STEM Centre website

State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee & for accommodation. Find out more.

Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the course details on the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 


Outcomes

  • Explore how the micro:bit can be used to support an engaging key stage 3 curriculum
  • Understand how Microsoft Block Editor can be used to control electronic inputs and outputs
  • Create prototype circuits and a motorised buggy using the micro:bit
  • Discover the free teaching resources available for the micro:bit
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Content

The micro:bit is one of the biggest education projects in the past 30 years. Join us and explore how LEDs, buzzers, motors and sensors can be used to create programmable projects, perfect for key stage 3.

Sessions will include:

  • programming the micro:bit, using the free Microsoft Block Editor
  • connecting output components to the micro:bit (LEDs, buzzers, servos)
  • connecting input components to the micro:bit (Light dependent resistor, variable resistor, movement sensor)
  • creating a motorised buggy with the Kitronik Motor Board
  • creating a prototyped circuits with the Kitronik Prototyping System
  • a tour of the free teaching resources available and opportunity to try them for yourself
  • exploration of how the micro:bit can be used in preparation for Design and Technology GCSE
  • managing the use of micro:bit in the classroom.

Sessions will be hands-on, and each participant will receive a free Kitronik Motor Board, Kitronik Prototyping System and lots of project ideas to take away.


How to book this course

Book this course
Note that this course is run on behalf of The National STEM Learning Centre and is not one of our own independent courses. The link takes you to the course details on the STEM Centre website where bookings can be made. Please note I can answer general queries about the course but enquiries about the bursary, bookings and terms and conditions must be made via the STEM Centre. 



A Beginners Guide to Electronics & Basic Programming

This is a one day course
£330 (includes at least £35 worth of electronics resources to take away with you as well as classroom resources)

There is currently no date planned for this course. If you would like a date adding to the calendar please email julie@julieboyd.co.uk   


This course is run by Paul Boyd.

  • This course is aimed at non specialists from any D&T material area with little or no previous knowledge of electronics or programming.
  • The focus will be on electronics and basic programming in the KS3 curriculum and in the new D&T GCSE. Reference will also be made to KS2 to help delegates understand the knowledge many students are entering secondary school with.
  • Basic electronics content includes: health & safety & risk assessment in an electronics workshop, understanding & recognising components, a basic understanding of voltage & current, switches, capacitors, resistors, diodes, serial & parallel circuits, & transistors, using a multi meter (including voltage, current, continuity & resistance) and basic soldering.
  • Basic programming content includes: the use of the Crumble microcontroller and the free software, the use of various inputs, processes & outputs as well as problem solving when using Crumble. The programming element of the course will make up a significant part of the day to reflect the focus on this in the KS3 and new GCSE D&T.
  • Tips & ideas on projects & lesson planning using electronics as well as strategies for creating engaging lessons (including some references to using electronics in less traditional areas such as textiles). 
  • Delegates will receive a teaching and learning resource pack to take away with them with resources that can be used in the classroom as well as electronic components worth at least £35 (including a Crumble microcontroller).
  • Delegates will have access to a computer at the venue for the training but may find it useful to bring their laptop with them to help them continue their learning when they leave the course (information on downloading the free software will be sent before the course).
  • Click here to find out what makes our courses different to those of other trainers, along with tips on persuading your school to release you
  • For more information email paulboyd@mac.com

To book this course: 

There is currently no date planned for this course. If you would like a date adding to the calendar please email julie@julieboyd.co.uk  


What delegates say about this course: 
Great use of the day - loads of resources supplied with very attentive course leaders 

Great - I could do it! First time I’ve been successful with electronics

Very useful Crumble content with useful strategies demonstrated



An Introduction to E-Textiles For Beginners
This is a one day course

£295 (includes electronics resources to take away with you as well as classroom resources)

There is currently no date planned for this course. If you would like a date adding to the calendar please email julie@julieboyd.co.uk  

This course is run by Julie & Paul Boyd

  • All you need to know to introduce basic e–textiles components into your schemes of work at KS3, 4 & 5
  • This course is ideal for beginners or those who are a little nervous about using e-textiles. No previous experience needed. 
  • This course looks in detail at how to use non programmable e-textiles components and a range of samples will be produced. 
  • Easy e-textiles - using off the shelf modules that require no making or knowledge of electronics
  • Creating your own e-textiles circuits using conductive thread, LEDs & power sources. You will produce a range samples to take away with you consisting of basic & more complex circuits e.g. using different LEDs & power sources, adding switches
  • Project ideas for KS3, 4 & 5 
  • Tips & strategies on teaching e-textiles
  • The course will include a free teaching and learning resources pack to take away with you as well as a range of e-textiles components
  • Click here to find out what makes our courses different to those of other trainers, along with tips on persuading your school to release you
  • For more information about this course email julie@julieboyd.co.uk 


What delegates say about this course: 

Fabulous - really enjoyed it and well worth the journey

Very worthwhile – good pace and range of support materials. Excellent resources generated for use.

The best course I have ever been on, I have learnt so much, thank you

The course was fantastic. Very professional, clear and informative. I have had a great day. 

Fantastic - it filled me with confidence to deliver e-textiles in school. 

The course was absolutely fantastic and I learnt A LOT of skills and gained a wider understanding of how I can use e-textiles at KS3 and KS4

The course exceeded my expectations and I learnt so much. It really helped my confidence with e-textiles. Very interactive. Absolutely brilliant!

Loved the links food and science as well as the comments regarding GCSE questions. 


To book this course: 

There is currently no date planned for this course. If you would like a date adding to the calendar please email julie@julieboyd.co.uk  


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Dates not convenient for you? 

It is sometimes possible to add in additional dates and venues for workshops so contact me if a date doesn’t suit you. 


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