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Starting out with the Crumble Controller

This resource provides an introduction to using the Crumble microcontroller with a variety of components. It begins by testing connection through programming the onboard motor LED's. Student activity includes coding sparkles, motors, servo motors, light dependent resistors, potentiometers, distance sensors. 

An introduction to Makey Makey

This presentation introduces the Makey Makey. It starts with basic connection to the device and demonstrating a simple circuit. Activities include controlling your keyboard to type, use the mouse and controlling Scratch using simple code.

Mini projects for the Makey Makey

This resource describes 5 mini projects using the Makey Makey.

  1. Create a joystick / games controller
  2. Create arrows to control a character in Scratch
  3. Controlling the mouse
  4. Making the onboard LED's flash
  5. Controlling a motor using the 5V output

Lean Manufacturing

This set of resources introduces the topic of lean manufacturing in Design & Technology and Engineering. The presentation covers Kaizen, Poke Yoke and Just in Time. 2 question sheets have also been created to test student understanding.

Sustainability in D&T

This is a presentation that I use to introduce the topic of sustainability for design and technology. It contains an overview of 5 R', some industry examples and a number of short activities for the students to try.

The advantages and disadvantages of robotics in industry

This resource introduces the topic of robots in engineering. It contains an overview of different types of robots and sets up a debate amongst teams about the advantages and disadvantages of robots in industry

VEX IQ Robotics Project

This collection of lesson resources supports students to design and build using VEX IQ kits, whilst learning about VEX IQ parts, programming the controller and key engineering terminology (such as chain drive, friction, gear ratio, motors). The challenges and learning are based on a US STEM curriculum map,...

Plan your own scheme of work - Jamble

2 different versions of editable schemes of work, supporting the quick planning of lessons.

Design & Technology in Engineering Lesson Slides

Example of a lesson that can be used to show Design and Technology students how their school work can be related to working in the engineering industry, and to encourage them to follow a STEM career path using the skills that they have developed in the classroom. The presentation takes material from STEM Ambassador...

Tinkering with TinkerCAD

An introductory guide to techniques for using the free web-based Tinkercad software from Autodesk to produce printable 3D objects.

Adrian Oldknow 


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