Many of the complex devices that we rely on each day are made from many smaller, simple machines working together. In this mission, apprentices will become familiar with the basics of levers, pulleys, cranks, winches, mechanical advantage, and the use of forces to accomplish helpful tasks.
Get ready to dive into the world of digital art! In this Mission, apprentices will explore areas such as special effects, animation, drawing and graphics for games. Taking inspiration from artists such as Mondrian, Van Gogh and Pollock, apprentices will learn about artistic ideas and digital tools and use them to create their own exciting digital art.
In this mission, apprentices will design and program their own animated light show using an LED-lit circuit board.
Now that we’ve built some Scratch coding and robotics skills, it’s time to enter the exciting world of microcontrollers. In this Mission, apprentices will take their coding and robotics skills to the next level through a variety of tasks and games, learn about the power of microcontrollers, get to grips with inputs and outputs and develop their own moving parts project using a micro:bit controller and servo motors.
In this mission, apprentices will learn about gears and how they are used to as simple machines to increase mechanical advantage. Through this introduction, apprentices will discover how gears are used in many common products we use every day.
This mission will introduce the concept of an electrical circuit. Apprentices will build a series of simple circuits, becoming familiar with the idea that a circuit requires a circular path for current to flow through. They will learn how to draw a basic circuit diagram, and begin to think of circuits as a network of various modular components that can be swapped and rearranged to modify the circuit’s function. This mission will lay the foundation for future missions involving circuitry and micro-controllers such as micro:bit and Arduino.
Laser cutters are a valuable prototyping tool that apprentices can use to bring their concepts to life. In this mission, apprentices will create and laser cut two-dimensional components that will be assembled into their final design.
With this mission, apprentices will continue developing their skills as a roboticist as they develop a robot that has expanded intelligence and is able to navigate an obstacle course on its own.
Solutions just don’t appear, they are developed. In this mission, apprentices will begin by simply sketching a concept, then learning how to refine and develop their idea into a final 3D model.
In this mission apprentices will combine the 3D design methods learned previously – using digital computer models and a 3D pen together in one project to create their own vehicle, including working wheels and axles. They will practice modelling a few different styles of vehicle, and experiment with multiple propulsion systems for their 3D printed cars.