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.
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.
Good graphic design is about communicating by telling a story or sharing information and facts. In this mission, apprentices will learn fundamental skills in graphic design, typographic and how to tell a story of their own and then publish to a digital eBook.
Happy Steamoji Day from all of us at HQ! We chose April 15th to commemorate the birthdate of the grandfather of the modern maker movement, Leonardo DaVinci.
Designing for 3D printing presents some challenges on top of the normal difficulties of 3D model design. This mission will help apprentices think not just in 3 dimensions, but also think in terms of the fabrication process that their models must undergo. They will plan for layer-by-layer construction, add scaffold-like supports to their models, and find the right balance between strength and efficiency.
Levers, pulleys and wheels are used every day to lift or move heavy objects such as pulleys in an elevator, handle levers on a wheelbarrow, or the tires on a bicycle. In this mission, apprentices will be introduced to these simple machines and learn about their benefits through experimentation and play.
Learn the basics of block coding with the Scratch programming tool. Create a simple video game that can keep score, has a winning and losing condition, and uses sprites (digital images) to move around the screen controlled by the keyboard.
Learn the basics of digital photography, editing, and animation. Plan, light, and pose digital photographs, use a simple editing program to create a great digital composition, and highlight the desired aspects of the image. Then, build your animation skills using a series of stop motion techniques, both in 2 and 3 dimensions.
Apprentices will learn the fundamentals of simple structures by creating scaffolding and bridges in this very hands-on mission. Learning by tinkering is the objective and along the way apprentices will develop their fabrication skills.