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Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas decoration with push switch on/off

This resource describes how to make a Rudolph christmas decoration using a PCB LED that sits under the fabric and lights up when you hold the switch hidden in his cheek. The decoration is made out of felt fabric and is lightly stuffed to give a 3D effect. It uses embroidery stitches to decorate the surface and to...

LED Brooch with Magnetic Switch

This resource describes how to make a brooch which uses a magnetic switch to holds it in place on the garment to turn on the LED. The magnetic switch is stitched into one side of the circuit. When the magnet is attached to the switch this joins the circuit making the LED switch on. When the magnet is taken away...

Lazy Daisy Skirt with Zip Switch

This project shows how to embellish a skirt with buttons and embroidered flowers enhanced with LEDs in the centre of each flower. It uses a metal zip as an on/off switch so that when the zip is open the LEDs are off and when it is closed they come on. Each flower is made up of a lazy daisy embroidery stitch with a...

Flower Power Hair Accessory

This resource provides step by step instructions on how to make a hair accessory which lights up. Photographs are provided for each stage to illustrate the techniques. A small circuit needs to be hidden at the back of the hair accessory, so a miniature cell holder is an ideal component for this project. The circuit...

Beanie Hat with a Standard and a PCB LED

This resource describes how to add an LED light to a beanie hat.It is an ideal starter project and uses a basic e-textiles circuit. Students will learn how to use conductive thread, a standard LED and a switched cell holder in order to place the light on the outside of the hat without cutting a hole. Step by step...

Be Seen Be Safe

This resource describes how to make a safety armband or beltband.The projects use a basic e-textiles circuit, but a popper has been added into the circuit to create a switch. When the popper is open the circuit is broken and the LED will not light up. When the popper is closed the circuit is functional and the LED...

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...

Problem solving challenge: using design and the Internet of Things to improve fire fighter safety

This five hour teaching pack supports students to research, design and prototype their own Internet of things product to enhance the working lives of firefighters.

Students are asked to work towards a CREST Discovery Award by exploring the needs of a modern firefighter, researching their...

VEX IQ with ModKit

This sample of a teacher guide introduces basic robotics using VEX IQ robotics kits and ModKit programming software – the activities are based upon a single robot model which can be constructed from the VEX starter kit.

Students learn about basic movement of the robot rover, as well as related challenges, in...

Portable Power

These materials, from Practical Action, encourage students to look at the use of batteries and the development of more sustainable power sources for portable devices. Typically, electronics projects use disposable batteries as a convenient source of energy. Electronics projects can, however, provide opportunities...

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