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Literacy in Design Technology – Results from using writing frames in Year 8 electronics

Last week I tried out writing frames to help students to organise their work into clearly communicated written instructions for practical activities.

Today, I collected the work back in from my Year 8 students and, although it was not an entire success, the use of frames has certainly helped students to plan and structure their written work.   124 more words


So you're telling me...

I was deep, deep, into this project

Depending on who you ask, this is either a Paper Pieced Pineapple block or a psychedelic TV test pattern… 510 more words

215 Hopper Ready For Build

Thanks to my friend over at Steelcity Electronics I now have all the required 3D printed pieces on hand to build my 215 Hopper Quadcopter. Unfortunately I was a bit distant from the printing process as our schedules simply didn’t overlap at this time of year. 280 more words


Taking the Stress out of PCB Depaneling

The depaneling process is an integral step in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) fabrication but is also the part of the process that can be inefficient or damaging to the components. 216 more words

PCB Arrival from Quick-Teck

The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) has arrived from Quick-Teck, much quicker than I had anticipated and looking great.  QT have done a fine job, the board looks perfect. 220 more words


UPDATE: Clock Prankster Quits Texas School

The family of a Muslim teenager arrested after ‘homemade’ clock incident has withdrawn him from the Texas school.

Ahmed Mohamed’s father, Mohamed El-Hassan Mohamed, said he had pulled all his children from schools in the area. 269 more words


Why are You Still Making PCBs?

Few things have had the impact on electronics that printed circuit boards (PCBs) have had. Cheap consumer electronics would not be as cheap if someone still had to wire everything (although by now we’d be seeing wiring robots, I’m sure). 893 more words

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