Sept 2011 [Finham]

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Surface mount assembly for beginners

 


Organiser: Paul Gardiner

Target Audience: Teachers of technology/electronics

Venue: Finham Park School

Date: Thur 5:00 - 7:00pm 15th Sept

 

The Ofsted report; Meeting technological challenges? - Design and technology in schools 2007–10 was critical about the relatively slow progress made by schools in modernizing their D&T curriculum. Ofsted commented that:

 

“. . .  most of the schools visited had not made sufficient use of subject-specific training to enable teachers new to the profession, and those who were more experienced, to continually update their subject knowledge. This often resulted in an out-dated Key Stage 3 curriculum . . .”

 

“. . . In around a third of the secondary schools, too little use was made of electronics, computer aided design and manufacture (CAD and CAM) and control technology in the teaching of D&T.”

 

The Support Centre programme planned for the coming academic year aims to address the issue of modernizing the key 3 D&T curriculum.

 

Dates for teachers meetings have been pencilled in for:

 

15th September (Coventry and Kettering)

16th October

24th January

14th March

 

The next meeting on 15th September is: Surface mount assembly for beginners

 

Why not update an existing project by including this very low cost, up-to-date electronics module. It requires no specialist knowledge or equipment and a soldering iron is only required for one component. The module is an LED flasher that could be incorporated into any number of projects and contexts (at key stages 3 and 4).

 

BadgeSM

 

Dual LED flasher

 

Here it is shown as part of a “Memo pad”

 

Memo pad

 

Memo pad - flashing LEDs draw  attention to new notes on the memo pad

 

At the meeting we will construct a “flasher” module and discuss possible starting points and projects that could make use of it. Attending teachers will be able to take away a class set of “flasher” kits (subject to conditions)

 

The subject of subsequent meetings will be determined by popular demand.

 

To help in the preparation of this meeting please email paul@ecteducation.co.uk if you plan to attend.