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DesigningProgrammingEngineeringElectronicsManufactureCommunity
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Level 1Explorer
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Defining by diagrams your goalLoopsUnderstand gear systemsUse Digital outputsUnderstand composite building systems like legoCreating blog/Vlog for recording of work
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Writing a project briefConditional statementsUnderstand leversUse controlling motorsUse Laser cutting to cut simple parts
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understanding materialsSimple data storesUnderstand pulley systemsControl servos
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Defining workflow with diagramsFunction blocksApply weight power relationshipsAnalog reading resistance devices
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Understand learning from errors to improveUse flow diagrams to describe logicApply at least one type of drive systemApply in products the following sensors distance, touch, temp, colour senses
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Debug through stepping throughUnderstand integration of sensors and mechanics in design using at least 2 motors and 2 sensors
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Debug through variable tracking
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Computational thinking
Decomposition
Abstraction
Boundary setting
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Level 2MakerModel design using software e.g. FritzUnderstand variable types and usesBe able to select the appropriate gear system for a designUnderstand V=IR applied to circuit boardsUse laser cutters to cut detailed partsCreate one socially useful device
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Write a detailed project briefUnderstand the design of microcontroller and computersTo be able to accurately specify engineering componentsUnderstand the type and wiring for Temp, Ultrasonic, Touch, Hall Effect, SoundUse 3D printing to create component partsTeach one class on a subject you have researched
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Design user interfaceUnderstand the different levels of data storage from EEPROM to RAMTo understand the operational tolerance of components in terms of strength, temp and water resistanceUnderstand the use of resistors in basic control circuits
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Design using 2D and 3D modelling to create simple accurate modelsUnderstand the syntax of functions
Loops, Conditional statements
To create real life cardboard models as pilots of the productUnderstand the basic operations of Servos and DC motors
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Design mockups and reviewsUnderstand difference between digital and analog reading/writingUse CAD to create overall design of productKnow how to solder components together to make a product
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Use Design -> Build->Test->Improve->EvaluateBasic C programming ScriptingTo carry out material and product testing strategiesUnderstand the operations of all types of LEDS and switches
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Run user testing and apply to real world productUse basic data read and write commandsUse Fritz to design electronic boards
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Use basic string commands
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Use ASCII code to program serial port info
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Computational Thinking
Pattern recognition in code and problems
Encapsultation
Use of Algorithms
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Level 3CreatorCreate a video promo of a product as part of design processPython Crash course to GCSE level covering all major syntaxes described aboveTo create a test planTo integrate Camera feeds into circuitryDesign a 2D model and get it created by a laser cutterProduce a promo video reaching out to a larger community on your project
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Use market research to assist in developing of designsUse serial read and write To have optimised a design for power and weightTo use a complex set of sensors together to control a deviceCarry out a 3D design and get it printed on a 3D printerContribute a project description to instructables website
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Create complex 2D and 3D modelsProgram web serversTo have designed structures which are water protect all sensitive components to IP65To connect in components on a circuit boardOffer a lesson at a local school on Arduino
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Evaluate designs against alternativesPass web commands via posting to fixed deviceTo have created products with metal plastic and fabric parts understanding the limitations of the materialsTo be able to accurately wire servos and stepper motors
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Write programs to read and write data to different levels of storageTo apply current protection devices
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Understand the Object model and use objects and methodsTo understand power control in batteries
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Connect to cameras and sound devices and record dataTo have applied electrical noise protection systems
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Build and identify all key aspects of a microcontroller and PC
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Computational Thinking
Code reuse in libraries and objects
Patterns in software design
Control Algorithms
Iterative software design
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Level 4DesignerTo research a product area from a user, producer and commercial perspectiveTo create a flow diagram for all major programsTo create full material take offs with specificationsTo select appropriate hardware, shields and sensors for projectTo design in detail a 2D model for laser cuttingAct as an designer coach on the course for 3 lessons
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To use market research to inform design decisionsTo develop a basic error catching ability in the projectTo procure all parts to a projectTo assess the accuracy and robustness of all sensorsTo design a 3D model of final product and execute with 3D printers if appropriateCreate an instructable lesson of your project sharing all aspects
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To create mockups of designs and go through a design review cycleTo communicate either with web servers or other devices through an appropriate protocolTo plan out a project in detail, being able to monitor progress with a gantt chartTo calibrate any non standard sensors for accurate reading
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To produce accurate drawings of the physical and material aspect of the projectTo have identify and use algorithms in the projectTo create costings for a project.
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To apply the process of Design-> Build->Test ->Improve->EvaluateTo store data using databases or files
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To create a testing protocol and execute
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Demonstrate an application of the above computational skills in a single project
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