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Introducing Electronic Prototyping
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Introducing Electronic Prototyping

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Introducing Electronic Prototyping is a workbook containing 9 simple exercises aimed aimed at developing familiarity with an electronic prototyping board. The exercises can be completed as standalone tasks or in conjunction with prototyping kits. Students simply draw the connections from component to circuit board to connect battery pack, lamps, switches, resistors and LEDs in a number of series and parallel circuits. A wordsearch and a crossword are also provided. Exercise included are… Know your Prototyping Board Building a Simple Circuit Lamps in Parallel Lamps in Series Controlling a Lamp with a Switch Controlling Two Lamps with a Switch A Simple LED Circuit Controlling an LED with a Switch Controlling Two LEDs with a Switch Basic Electronics Crossword Basic Electronics Wordsearch The workbook is in PDF format formatted to print as a 14 page landscape booklet printed back to back and stapled on the short edge.
Micro:bit tutorial 1 LONG COUNTDOWN
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Micro:bit tutorial 1 LONG COUNTDOWN

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This presentation is one of a series aimed at supporting teachers wanting to introduce micro:bit programming into their lessons. The presentation is authored in a way to mimic the use of the block editors with a step by step tutorial while freeing the teacher to lead discussion. Each presentation contains linked questions to deepen learning and an embedded video to illustrate the microbit output. The full PowerPoint presentation is available together with a link to a YouTube video to help the teacher familiarise themselves with the presentation sequence. 1 LONG COUNTDOWN simply takes the class step by step in producing a sequential countdown on the microbit's LED display .
Microbit Xmas Wearable Tech : Workbook 4 PLANNING MANUFACTURE
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Microbit Xmas Wearable Tech : Workbook 4 PLANNING MANUFACTURE

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Fourth booklet in a series that explores the development of a novelty Santa hat as wearable tech using the BBC Microbit. Suitable for KS3 Computing or Design and Technology. This fourth booklet in the series asks pupils to plan their tasks and identify equipment, components and tools needed. They are then asked to compose a Gantt chart then establish manufacturing costs.
Microbit Xmas Wearable Tech : Workbook 3 PRESSURE SWITCH
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Microbit Xmas Wearable Tech : Workbook 3 PRESSURE SWITCH

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Third booklet in a series that explores the development of a novelty Santa hat as wearable tech using the BBC Microbit. Suitable for KS3 Computing or Design and Technology. This third 8 page booklet in the series looks at a range of switch types then explores how home made versions might be made. Pupils then sketch their own ideas and explore the code required to start their novelty hat program.
Micro:bit tutorial 3 MOVEMENT SENSOR
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Micro:bit tutorial 3 MOVEMENT SENSOR

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This presentation is one of a series aimed at supporting teachers wanting to introduce micro:bit programming into their lessons. The presentation is authored in a way to mimic the use of the block editors with a step by step tutorial while freeing the teacher to lead discussion. Each presentation contains linked questions to deepen learning, challenges for pupils to adapt the code and an embedded video to illustrate the microbit output. The full PowerPoint presentation is available together with a link to a YouTube video to help the teacher familiarise themselves with the presentation sequence. 3 MOVEMENT SENSOR reuses the decision loop introduced in SHORT COUNTDOWN to react to selected micro:bit inputs.
Microbit Xmas Wearable Tech : Workbook 2 XMAS WEARABLE TECH
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Microbit Xmas Wearable Tech : Workbook 2 XMAS WEARABLE TECH

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Second booklet in a series that explores the development of a novelty Santa hat as wearable tech using the BBC Microbit. Suitable for KS3 Computing or Design and Technology. This second 8 page booklet in the series introduces the range of micro:bit sensors, LED matrix and message strings and asks how these might be applied to this project. The booklet then looks at connecting external inputs and ends with experimenting with code.
Micro:bit tutorial 4 HEARTBEAT
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Micro:bit tutorial 4 HEARTBEAT

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This presentation is one of a series aimed at supporting teachers wanting to introduce micro:bit programming into their lessons. The presentation is authored in a way to mimic the use of the block editors with a step by step tutorial while freeing the teacher to lead discussion. Each presentation contains linked questions to deepen learning, challenges for pupils to adapt the code and an embedded video to illustrate the microbit output. The full PowerPoint presentation is available together with a link to a YouTube video to help the teacher familiarise themselves with the presentation sequence. 4 HEARTBEAT introduces a while loop to fade in and out a beating heart on the LED matrix.
Micro:bit tutorial 5 BUTTON WAR
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Micro:bit tutorial 5 BUTTON WAR

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This presentation is one of a series aimed at supporting teachers wanting to introduce micro:bit programming into their lessons. The presentation is authored in a way to mimic the use of the block editors with a step by step tutorial while freeing the teacher to lead discussion. Each presentation contains linked questions to deepen learning, challenges for pupils to adapt the code and an embedded video to illustrate the microbit output. The full PowerPoint presentation is available together with a link to a YouTube video to help the teacher familiarise themselves with the presentation sequence. 5 BUTTON WAR introduces a second decision loop to test for two conditions before incrementing or decreasing a variable.
Micro:bit tutorial 2 SHORT COUNTDOWN
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Micro:bit tutorial 2 SHORT COUNTDOWN

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This presentation is one of a series aimed at supporting teachers wanting to introduce micro:bit programming into their lessons. The presentation is authored in a way to mimic the use of the block editors with a step by step tutorial while freeing the teacher to lead discussion. Each presentation contains linked questions to deepen learning, challenges for pupils to adapt the code and an embedded video to illustrate the microbit output. The full PowerPoint presentation is available together with a link to a YouTube video to help the teacher familiarise themselves with the presentation sequence. 2 SHORT COUNTDOWN builds on the code from LONG COUNTDOWN and introduces a variable and a iterative loop to produce a more efficient algorithm.
Thinking About Micro:bits and the IOT.
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Thinking About Micro:bits and the IOT.

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A set of three worksheets designed to provide discussion when leading in to work with the micro:bit. 1. THE INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) Presents pupils with a range of IOT devices and asks pupils to consider why they are connected to the cloud. 2. WHAT PRODUCTS COULD I USE A MICRO:BIT FOR? asks pupils to respond to a range of micro:bit applications and consider further how these associations could be developed. 3.MICROBIT PARTS A quick exercise for identifying and recording the different parts of a micro:bit.
Team Cheque Books.  20 individualised cheques for 10 team chequebooks.
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Team Cheque Books. 20 individualised cheques for 10 team chequebooks.

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Developed for the STEM Team Bridge Project but can be used in many contexts. This PDF file can be printed to produce 10 individualised chequebooks containing 20 cheques. Each cheque includes team number, 8 digit account number unique to the team, cheque number and stub. An editable version is available on request to purchasers.
STEM Team Bridge Project - Press release task, social enterprise voucher and tax return form.
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STEM Team Bridge Project - Press release task, social enterprise voucher and tax return form.

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The STEM Team Bridge Project is a whole class project aimed at Design and Technology at either KS3 or KS4. Each team is provided with an account with 100,000BB (Boulter Bucks) and invited to purchase from a range of available contracts for which the return for successful completion is greater than the purchase price. This resource contains three tasks to supplement the contracts. A press release agreement, a social enterprise voucher and a tax return form used to complement work towards to the contracts. These resources are in PDF format. Editable Word files are available on request for purchasers
STEM Team Bridge Project - Contracts for bridge elements for purchase by teams.
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STEM Team Bridge Project - Contracts for bridge elements for purchase by teams.

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The STEM Team Bridge Project is a whole class project aimed at Design and Technology at either KS3 or KS4. Each team is provided with an account with 100,000BB (Boulter Bucks) and invited to purchase from a range of available contracts for which the return for successful completion is greater than the purchase price. This resource contains 7 contract in PDF format. Word versions are available on request to purchasers
PENNY QUIZ - KS2 Maths. Block Build Maths 2
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PENNY QUIZ - KS2 Maths. Block Build Maths 2

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A 10 question maths based quiz aimed at KS2. Penny Quizzes explore the use of building block based computer games to introduce concepts across the curriculum. This quiz is a PDF version on an online quiz that is part of a subscription service offered by LBo to schools. LBo is the trading name of Laurence Boulter who is an Educational Technology Consultant. The online version of this quiz can be found at https://cutt.ly/LBo-pennyquiz001. However, please be aware that the results service is only available to schools through subscription. Suitable for home learning.
Microbit Xmas Wearable Tech : Workbook 1 GETTING GOING
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Microbit Xmas Wearable Tech : Workbook 1 GETTING GOING

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First booklet in a series that explores the development of a novelty Santa hat as wearable tech using the BBC Microbit. Suitable for KS3 Computing or Design and Technology. This first 8 page booklet in the series introduces the range of micro:bit sensors, LED matrix, message strings and ends with creating and uploading some code to the micro:bit.
Xmas Wearable Tech MicroBit Project Bundle
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Xmas Wearable Tech MicroBit Project Bundle

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Challenge your pupils to design a bit of wearable tech for Xmas. Turn a cheap Santa hat into an interactive novelty using a BBC MicroBit and a few LEDs and buzzers. These four 8 page booklets take pupils through the design work required to produce their own product.
Investigating Utilities
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Investigating Utilities

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Level 3 Construction resource that asks students to investigate prices and coverage of a range of utility companies.