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We are surrounded by a number of systems which control everything we do. This can be in the way we fill our cars with fuel, pay for things, wash our clothes etc. We come across the concept of Input - Process - Output every day. We trigger a device, something happens and we see an outcome. This is the central premise of this course. The thing we trigger could be a switch and the output could be a sound. There are lots of systems we see every day without even thinking about them.


This course builds on our Coding for Game Design offering and takes coding into the next phase by allowing the delegates to program Raspberry Pi computers to control a number of output devices. This is made much more accessible with the use of the Pibrella add-on, or hat, that site on top of the Raspberry Pi and simplifies the coding process by allowing for the use of the Scratch coding environment to control outputs such as buzzers, lamps, LED's and motors. These output devices can be combined to enhance the work already done with Primary Engineer and allows pupils to add lights and motors to their existing vehicle designs and add an element of control to them. 

The culmination of the courses is a practical design and build game activity which uses coding as the central theme to control the practical outcome.

Coding for Game Design is the first course to introduce coding to teachers. This is the precursor to the coding for control course.

The 3D printing course has been designed to allow pupil and teachers alike to access freely available software that runs online with no install on the computer network. All designs and stored on the cloud, but can be downloaded if local storage is required. Schools will need to have the relevant software for the physical 3D printer installed on the machine controlling the hardware. 

The course gives the teacher an awareness of the growth and importance of this type of manufacturing technique, which has been radically developed over recent years and now plays a huge roll in the manufacturing industries where hands off manufacture and the design and make of impossible objects has been made viable.

The course uses the very popular TinkerCAD software by Autodesk, and the Cube 2nd Generation 3D printer. However TinkerCAD can create files for manufacture on any type of 3D printer so the hardware is interchangeable.

Teachers are supported on the course by a comprehensive Interactive Whiteboard Resource with step by step videos to help the teacher follow the examples. This is a solid introduction to this exciting technology that plays such a large part of todays manufacturing technology.


Early Years Engineer is an extension of the Primary Engineer programme designed for children in an Early Years setting which engages them in a variety of short, small group, practical STEM activities.A 'suite' of seven high-quality, planned play experiences facilitated by an adult has been created with science exploration and investigation at the heart of the learning to spark curiosity and allow children to play and have essential early scientific and technological experiences which will underpin later learning.

The Early Years Engineer programme uses puppets as the facilitator in the learning activities.Puppets have been included as a result of research into the use of puppets to promote engagement and talk in science. Research has shown that children are not only keen to tell the puppet what they know, but are more motivated to ask or answer questions and join in discussions.The use of puppets enhances the STEM inquiries by providing greater opportunities for children to share their thoughts and ideas and for creating further child-led investigation and learning.

This course takes the teacher through the skills and requirements for the Primary Engineer Structures and Mechanisms Schemes for KS1 and KS2.
Teachers will be taken through the design and manufacture of two practical projects. The projects are backed up by a comprehensive set of resources which will walk the teacher through the processes involved.

This course takes the teacher throught the skills and requirements for the Primary Engineer Structures and Mechanisms Schemes for Lower and Upper Primary.
Teachers will be taken through the design and manufacture of two practical projects. The projects are backed up by a comprehensive set of resources which will walk the teacher through the manufacturing processes.

This section of the Platform will allow teachers who have attended a hands on course operated by Primary Engineer to download the 2 supporting Interactive Whiteboard resources.
These resources will run on any whiteboard and support the delivery of the Primary Engineer schemes in the classroom.


The Structures and Mechanisms 2 course builds on the experience and skills developed on our original Structures and Mechanisms with basic electrics.

In Structures and Mechanisms 2 teachers are taken through the stages to develop models which have more advanced electrical systems, are built as 3D structures, take into consideration gearing systems and form the basis of future courses which will see the model computer controlled and programmed by the children.

This section houses all the documents needed for engineers supporting the Primary Engineer programme

The London Special Leaders Award is open to students from 5 to 19 years old,challenging primary and secondary school pupils across the London area to research and interview inspiring engineers. The award is a fantastic opportunity to engage pupils with real engineers who will convey the importance of STEM in their daily working lives. We encourage pupils to let their creativity run free by allowing them to draw and write about how they interpret the question and come up with inventions and ideas.

Pupils are asked to research engineering and interview engineers to find out about their jobs. Using inspiration from their research and interview, pupils are asked to interpret the question:

"If you were an engineer in London - what would you do?”


Primary pupils are asked to write a letter of application and illustrate their idea/invention and accompany it with a description (Minimum 100 words for pupils aged 9+).

Secondary pupils are asked to write a letter of application and illustrate their idea/invention and accompany it with a description of minimum 350 words.

                                                      

The South East England Special Leaders Award is open to students from 5 to 19 years old,challenging primary and secondary school pupils across the South East of England to research and interview inspiring engineers. The award is a fantastic opportunity to engage pupils with real engineers who will convey the importance of STEM in their daily working lives. We encourage pupils to let their creativity run free by allowing them to draw and write about how they interpret the question and come up with inventions and ideas.    

The Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Awardis open to students from 5 to 19 years old,challenging primary and secondary school pupils across Scotland to research and interview inspiring engineers. The award is a fantastic opportunity to engage pupils with real engineers who will convey the importance of STEM in their daily working lives. We encourage pupils to let their creativity run free by allowing them to draw and write about how they interpret the question and come up with inventions and ideas.

The Primary, Secondary and Advanced Leaders Award for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

The Leaders Award for STEM is a Primary Engineer programme open to students from 5 to 19 years old. It is a fantastic way to increase their awareness of the breadth of opportunities open to them within STEM subjects. We help students to develop vital literacy and communication skills, and give them the chance to speak directly to professionals from different fields in STEM.

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The Fluid Power course for Secondary teachers has been designed to bring together the practical aspects of Design and Technology, Science and Maths into a coherent practical based project.

The culmination of the training and input to the pupils back in the respective schools, will be the coming together of teams of pupils in the 'Fluid Power Challenge'. Here teams of 4 or 5 pupils will compete against each other in practical and presentation challenges to decide the overall winner. The challenge will take the form of a design and make task undertaken at the school, where a mechanism to move weighted objects from one location to another will take place under a timed situation. Teams will also produce a portfolio of work showing their design process and thinking and incorporating the relevant maths and science theory that has underpinned their design. Finally, the teams will give an oral presentation to a panel of judges who will interview them as to how the final design came about and the journey to the challenge day.



Professional Recognition in Engineering STEM Learning

 

Professional Recognition is a means for teachers in Scotland to engage with Professional Enquiry at a Masters Level in pedagogical or subject specific areas. The year-long engagement with our programme will allow teachers to gain Professional Recognition in an area of expertise which is accredited by Primary Engineer and moderated by the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland). The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland.

The programme begins with teachers selecting from our practical CPD courses as their starting point.Teachers then develop their practice through; implementation of Primary Engineer, Early Years Engineer or Secondary Engineer, regular critical reflection, broaden their understanding of the STEM landscape through research, extend their engagement with engineering partnerships and industry and deepen their understanding of engineering as an industry and career path. Through Professional Enquiry they will undertake action research into developing a pedagogical approach using EHOM (Engineering Habits of Mind) and how this impacts on children's learning and behaviour in the classroom.


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Calling all Engineers!
by Steve Crowther - Thursday, 21 April 2016, 10:13 AM
 

We are just about to enter the Celebration Event season and are calling for our engineers for help on events. If you would like to help again with these events which are happening across the country, please contact [email protected]

Please excuse us if we send you mails asking for help too. Your help is invaluable to the project and very much appreciated by the young people and the schools.

 
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Consumables Calculator
by Steve Crowther - Friday, 4 December 2015, 1:12 PM
 

In response to teachers asking what equipment and consumables materials they will need to make the two models on the Structures and Mechanisms course, we have put together a calculator to let teachers know what they will need. The spreadsheet which can be downloaded from the VLE allows the ...

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Bill Lucas workshop
by Chris Rochester - Thursday, 22 October 2015, 3:27 PM
 

Bill Lucas Workshop

I can confirm that Professor Bill Lucas has agreed to deliver a workshop in person in Glasgow on Tuesday 24th November!

 Date:              Tuesday 24th November

 Time:              5pm

 Venue:           University of Strathclyde, Room JW604, Level 6, ...

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