Electronics & coding
Who is this course for?
This is a course open to anyone interested in understanding electronics and embedded programming. The session will hopefully enable learners to see how it is possible to create their own projects, and that you do not need to be a professional engineer to make your own cool stuff.
It is expected that you will be familiar with using a computer, keyboard and mouse/touchpad.
The workshop sessions will be practical orientated (project based learning); you will be building electronic circuits on a breadboard (no soldering required) and programming a microprocessor board (Arduino) using a freely available programming environment on a PC. It is expected that you will have a basic knowledge of using a computer and how to open files and folders. You will not be expected to understand high level mathematics in order to write code, but by practically ‘coding’, you will begin to understand how computers use numbers to function.
Support and feedback
Feedback from the tutor, and discussions with other class members.
Additional costs and requirements
All the materials will be made available within the session, just bring along a pen, paper, and memory stick to save code examples.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
The Arduino programming tool is freely available to download and use. The circuit boards are cheaply available over the internet and it is hoped that the course will encourage you to experiment with your own circuits & coding.
About the tutor
Simon Longstaff currently works as an ICT and Maths tutor for Learn Devon. He also works at the University of St Mark & St John and as a Senior Design Engineer for Partech Electronics.
Simon has spent most of his working life in the field of Electronic Engineering and was previously the Technical Director of his own instrumentation manufacturing company before undertaking his teacher training.
Simon has a 1st class honours degree in ICT with Education from Exeter University, and a PGCE incorporating a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), He also is a specialist in teaching Maths, gaining a level 5 Additional Diploma in Numeracy. He recently (2015) completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Practice (with Distinction) at the University of St Mark and St John, specialising in exploiting open source technology to create musical instruments within the Maker Community.
Simon is a keen musician and composer and has for the last twelve years performed each summer season at Sterts Theatre in their musical shows.
“I’m a great believer in ‘experiential learning’, and firmly believe that people learn by doing. This is so important, particularly with a technical subject like ICT; it is the familiarity with everyday computing tasks that build on a person’s levels of confidence and skills.”
Simon Longstaff, Tutor Learn Devon