A number of grant schools have purchased electronics kits.
This event will provide skills training in two of the most popular platforms: Arduino and BBC micro:bit.
Participants at this event will be introduced to classroom electronics:
- basic circuit theory and online simulation,
- building circuits on a breadboard, with input and output components,
- coding one of the devices to work with the circuits.
Participants in the Arduino stream will practice using a curriculum developed for the DF Robot Arduino Zero-To-Hero kit. The components and code will be relevant to other Arduino kits also.
Participants in the BBC micro:bit stream will use electronic components readily available, as well as in the Kitronik Inventor's Kit. They will also be introduced to a wide range of alternative add-ons to extend the capabilities of the BBC micro:bit.
The workshop is targeted at teachers of Years 7-10.
By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:
- explain basic circuit theory using common metaphors,
- create an online simulation of a circuit, including a breadboard,
- wire up simple circuits for input and output, and code Arduino or BBC micro:bit to work with these circuits
About the presenters
Sanjin Dedić is the developer of the curriculum for the DF Robot Arduino Zero-To-Hero kit.
He has a B.Eng in Mechatronic Systems majoring in Robotics and Computer Vision and spent several years working in industry as an Engineer. Sanjin then retrained as a teacher and taught Systems Engineering and Digital Technologies at a secondary level. Recently he has been developing a series of technology programs for G.A.
T.E.WAYS (gifted and talented education) covering everything from coding, robotics, applied mathematics and microcontrollers. These programs have been delivered to students in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Queensland. As a head of eLearning at Techxellent he has combined his technological expertise with his educational experience to create innovative teacher training programs and resources.
Nathan Alison taught Digital Technologies, VCE Computing and Software Development in Victoria for 11 years before beginning work for DLTV.
He brings a background in Computer Systems Engineering and years of hobby coding, as well as a keen desire to help teachers with more complex Computer Science concepts through clear explanations and relevant activities.