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Hinge-point questions (HPQs) shared by learners on the Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching course

These hinge-point questions (HPQs - or more accurately, attempts at writing HPQs) were collected during Weeks 3 and 4 of past runs of the free online Assessment for Learning in STEM Teaching course led by Dylan William, Chris Harrison and Andrea Mapplebeck.HPQs are a particular case of diagnostic...
Publication date:
16 December 2016

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Introducing BBC micro:bit to a wider audience

I have recently run a session for retired engineers and computer professional keen to learn about the micro:bit as a very cheap (£15) tool for their own interest and amusement, but also to be able to support colleagues in schools, academies and colleges to make sensible use of them to support cross-curricular...
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10 October 2016

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Cranium engineering

This is a home made version of the game called Cranium, edited for Engineering content. BTEC L2 Engineering - unit 1 specification.
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22 September 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 2.0: Clawbot Build

The project concentrates on the design and manufacture of a VEX Clawbot using a prepared kit of robotics parts. The build is clearly led as a team assignment and leads to a specific outcome. Once the build is complete, pupils are challenged to extend the application of the kit and robot to lead to different and ever...
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10 August 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 3.1: 3D Printing

This project encourages students to build upon their in-depth knowledge and experience of working with VEX EDR in unit 1 and unit 2, by integrating a wider range of sketching, computer aided design and prototyping skills. The aim of the project is to develop an outcome not possible in the current platform portfolio of...
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10 August 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 3.3: CNC and Plasma Cutting

The project foci is the design, development and adaptation of existing robotics 2D drawing files to support the creation of new parts for new and improved purposes. The initial exploration of 2D design is aimed to develop understanding and CAD skills to support the physical modelling, and the later stages more focused...
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10 August 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 3.2: Laser Cutting

The project concentrates on the sketch process of new 2D forms, and their translation into 3D using plastic forming techniques. Through sketching there will be a process of modelling and iterative design exploration, leading to the development of a potential final solution that can both perform better towards a...
Publication date:
08 August 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Autonomous Robotics Unit

This project encourages students to move beyond the VEX Robotics competition and typical classroom practice, and develop working knowledge of industrial, autonomous robotic solutions for the manufacturing sector. Students will ideally have completed the Tumbler Unit 1, Clawbot Unit 2, and Manufacturing Units 3.1 and 3...
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08 August 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 1.0: Tumbler

The project concentrates on the design and manufacture of a TD Tumbler using VEX robotics parts. The build is relatively simple ensuring success for all pupils new to VEX robotics. Once the build is complete, pupils must design and create a unique RobotC program which will give desired control of the robot, using...
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04 August 2016

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VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 1.1: Autodesk Inventor Tumbler Build

VEX Robotics EDR Curriculum - Unit 1.1: Autodesk Inventor Tumbler Build looks at the process of constructing a virtual VEX Tumbler within the Autodesk Inventor software environment using the available digital VEX Robotics parts. This virtual robot can then be tested and modified using the tools available in the...
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25 July 2016

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