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


Controlling Motors & Prototyping Electronic Circuits with micro:bit

3rd & 4th December 2018, 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

You will be able to:

  • 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 includes:

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.

  • 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 BoardKitronik 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. 



Using the Crumble Micro Controller in D&T

This is one of our VIP Bespoke courses. Find out more here. 
£295 (includes VAT)
(includes electronics resources to take away with you as well as classroom resources)

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

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.



An Introduction to E-Textiles For Beginners

This is one of our VIP Bespoke courses. Find out more here. 
£295  (includes VAT)
(includes electronics resources to take away with you as well as classroom resources)

There are currently no dates 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, KS4 (& possibly KS5)
  • 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
  • Understanding basic electronics used as part of the curriculum at KS3 and for the core content of the GCSE.
  • 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 teaching e-textiles
  • Tips & strategies on teaching e-textiles
  • A short demonstration of programmable e-textiles to help you understand the wider context of e-textiles and electronics in the KS3 and 4 curriculum. This will also help you plan where you want to take e-textiles in your school in the longer term. Note this is a short demonstration of using micro controllers in textiles and delegates will not learn how to programme a microcontroller in the time available. 
  • 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 & 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. 

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


A Beginners Guide to Electronics & Basic Programming

This is one of our VIP Bespoke courses. Find out more here. £295

There are currently no dates 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.
  • 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 are currently no dates 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



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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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Bespoke workshops can also be delivered either at your school or at an external venue. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for more details.


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