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Introduction to VEX Robotics

In this full scheme of work, designed for a series of two-hour double-lessons, students develop a Mars Rover for NASA based on a standard VEX design. They learn about the components of a robotics system including control units and data communications, and work through a design process towards a prototype. The VEX...

Heart Rate Monitor

In this challenge, students are asked to consider the impact of people suffering from heart conditions, both to the individual and to wider society. They then generate ideas for using programmable systems to improve people’s health, and to monitor themselves. A video introduces the idea of a heart rate monitor, and...

Lesson 9: Designing our smart city part 3

Lesson 8: Designing our smart city part 2

Lesson 7: Designing our smart city part 1

Home energy

Reducing energy usage in the home saves money, increases energy security and reduces the need to burn unsustainable fossil fuels. The first step in doing this is monitoring how much energy is used each day.

In this unit, learners will use the BBC micro:bit to...

Managing Behaviour for Learning MOOC November 2015: Webinar 1 outputs

Webinar 1 was held at 7.00pm GMT on 10th November 2015. The following links provide access to various outputs:

Inputs and Outputs of Design

Using the context of the Nintendo Wii, this starter activity develops an understanding of the terms system, input, process, output and signal, and asks students to identify these features in some common products which are shown in the presentation.

The activity, from the Institution of Engineering and...

Stepometer

In this challenge, students are asked to evaluate an existing product – a step counter or pedometer – by using role play and by watching an accompanying video. They then create a step counter to encourage healthier lifestyles among teenagers.

It is based on a BBC micro:bit device which includes an...

Transport Displays

This activity, suitable for a cross-STEM project day or series of lessons, focuses on how information can be provided to travellers on the London Underground.

Students are asked to consider user needs – what information would they need to see, and how might their requirements be communicated? A deep...

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