Childhood Education

Fundamentals of Electronics

Fundamentals of Electronics

Fundamentals of Electronics course aims to deliver a well-rounded understanding of electronics to students and allow them to apply these skills. A solar-powered motorised vehicle will be built using understanding of the course.

Laarning electronics

Department

  • Childhood Education

Duration

To be confirmed

Sessions

10

Language

English

Location

Online

Time

1:00 am

Rating:

4.5 (110 ratings)

Price

£25.00

Key Objectives

  • Understanding Basic Electronics: Introduce fundamental electronic components and their functions, such as solar panels, motors, switches, and batteries.
  • Integration of Electronics and Mechanics: Combine electronic components (solar panel, motor, switches) with the mechanical structure to create a functional solar-powered buggy.
  • Exploring Solar Energy: Learn about solar energy and its applications in powering electronic devices, emphasizing sustainability and renewable energy sources.
  • Practical Application of Learning: Apply learned concepts in real-world scenarios by constructing a solar-powered buggy and understanding its functionality.
  • Problem-Solving and Iterative Design: Encourage problem-solving skills by troubleshooting circuit issues and refining the buggy's design for optimal performance.
  • Circuit Building Skills: Develop hands-on skills in building circuits, understanding circuit diagrams, and troubleshooting basic electronic setups.
  • Safety and Responsibility: Emphasize safety measures while handling electronic components and working on projects, fostering a sense of responsibility towards equipment and workspace.
  • Mechanical Design and Construction: Explore basic mechanics by designing and building a buggy structure using materials like cardboard, wheels, and axles.
  • The course includes

  • Teaching sessions.
  • Practical work (Buggy) built in session and components analysed.
  • End-of-unit test given on last session.
  • Classwork and notes are to be used to complete the homework tasks.
  • Course Schedule

    Schedule UTC+001
    Saturday7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Description

    Week 1 & 2: Introduction to Electronics and Solar Power

    • Session 1:
      • Course introduction, outlining goals and safety protocols.
      • Introduction and hands-on exploration of basic electronic components: batteries, motors, switches.
      • Building simple circuits using LEDs and batteries.
    • Session 2:
      • Review of Session 1.
      • Introduction to solar energy concepts and solar panels.
      • Hands-on experimentation using small solar panels to power simple circuits.

    Week 3 & 4: Exploring Solar Power and Motor Applications

    • Session 3:
      • Recap of previous sessions and a brief assessment to gauge understanding.
      • In-depth look at how solar panels generate electricity.
      • Exploring the functionality of DC motors.
    • Session 4:
      • Construction of simple moving structures using wheels and axles.
      • Practical exercises connecting motors to batteries and switches, including experiments with changing motor direction.

    Week 5 & 6: Design and Assembly of a Solar-Powered Buggy

    • Session 5:
      • Review of learning progress and a short assessment.
      • Designing and planning the structure of a buggy using cardboard or other similar materials.
      • Assembling the basic structural components of the buggy: wheels and axles.
    • Session 6:
      • Construction of the buggy frame and verification of its stability.
      • Introduction to the integration of electronic components into the buggy design.

    Week 7 & 8: Completion and Testing of Solar-Powered Buggy

    • Session 7:
      • Comprehensive review of all previous sessions.
      • Installation of solar panels on the buggy and wiring them to the motors.
      • Assembly and preliminary testing of the complete solar-powered buggy.
    • Session 8:
      • Final adjustments and thorough testing of the solar-powered buggy.
      • Presentation of completed projects, sharing of experiences, and discussion on possible enhancements.
      • Concluding the module with a 20-minute theory test to assess knowledge retention and understanding.

    Requirements

    • Course is intended for 7-13 years.
    • Buggy making kit
      • 4 motors
      • Buggy body
      • Axles
      • Battery (LiOn rechargeable)
      • LED Lights 5mm
      • Solar panel
      • Switch (on/off)
      • Wheels

    Instructor(s)

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    Sa'd Syed

    4.5 (110 ratings)

    30 Courses • 525,181 students
    GCSE Student with expertise in areas of computer science and engineering including internet of things and Arduino. Circuit board designer and producer.

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