So I'm back...
I have decided to restart my blog with another new learning curve. I started my PGCE at Nottingham Trent University way back in September and it is intense but I am really enjoying it. The subjects that I will be teaching are Resistant Materials (my strong point, thanks to my Crafts Degree!) and Electronics (my very weak point. I am about to start my block placement for the first phase in a school, which is exciting yet scary!
The first assignment, due in November is based on our weak subject specific areas. From the subject audit I identified that I needed to improve on:
- KS3 circuit symbols, circuit diagrams, systems diagrams, units of electricity, use of resistors and other circuit components.
- Working with plastics and smart materials: Tensile strength, ductility, malleability, ease of moulding, micro arrangement of particles and fibres.
- Electronics terminology and key words: Micro controller (PIC), inputs, outputs, potential divider circuits, transistor used as a switch, truth tables.
- Designing: Formal drawing techniques, construction details, dimensions.
- Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Modelling, 3D computer rendered images, working drawings, extrusion and revolving, sectional views.
I found some tutorials on instructables (http://www.instructables.com/id/Operation-Game/) on very simple projects based around the 90's game 'Operation.' The projects included a very simple circuit (LED, buzzer, battery) and the materials were simple everyday materials.