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Malvern Festival of Innovation

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Children build their own robots at Malvern Festival of Innovation

  • Children from across the Midlands built their own robots at this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation
  • Groups of children from ten different schools were given the chance to build their own programmable robots at a series of workshops held on Tuesday 3rd October at the Three Counties Showground
  • As well as building the robots (which will be donated to the schools), pupils were shown how to programme them and carry out a series of challenges such as following a route through an obstacle course.
  • The robot building workshop was organised and run by Educational Technology guru Brett Laniosh from Bromsgrove based Catshill Learning Partnerships. The robots were sponsored by global IT company CGI group
  • Building a robot is a creative process involving problem solving that promotes independent learning and gives children experience of real world physical computing, science, technology and mathematics
Robot building
Putting it all together

As sales of electric cars rise and government ministers have announced an £8 million fund for trials of driverless lorries, the next generation of technologists and engineers will be given an opportunity to see the tech in action and get hands on experience of robot building.

Brett said, “We wanted to introduce young people to robotics and engineering and these fun workshops will be an opportunity for 40 children from different schools to do just that. As well as developing problem solving skills, their finished robot will give the children a sense of achievement. It will also help to foster a love for science and technology. We are delighted that CGI Group has sponsored the workshops which will mean that the completed robots will be given to the schools to use in class. Who knows, perhaps one of these young robot builders will be part of a team that builds your next electric car or even a future Mars rover.”

About Catshill Learning Partnerships:

Catshill Learning Partnerships is a computing, ICT and online safety network, providing curriculum support and advice to schools. Established in 2011, its school-based services also include professional development and educational technology advice.

For more details, go to www.catshill.com email info@catshill.com or ring 01527 313 880

 

New – Low Cost Robot

We’ve launched our new low cost Robot kit for the BBC Micro:bit. At just £25, the robot kit is great value and includes all the parts and instructions to make your own robot. A free programming guide allows you to write programs to control your robot.

The robot is a fully programmable, expandable device with activities for all ages. Supplied with clear instructions the kit takes about an hour to build. More than just a robot, this is a maker platform with numerous sensors, input & output add-ons for off-screen computing projects.

The robot kit is available from catshill.com/robot which also contains the build instructions, programming guide and downloadable resources.

The robot is programmed using programmable blocks which will be familiar to those who use Scratch.

Computing with Scratch

Hands on training using the brilliant free programming tool.

We can deliver this course at your school  – Complete the form below

A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

When it comes to computing apps, Scratch always comes at the top of any popularity poll and for good reason – the award winning programming tool makes it really easy to code, it promotes creativity and it is completely free! That is why both children and adults love using it.

If you or your staff would like to familiarise yourself with, or get to know more about Scratch and learn some great tips for using this brilliant free tool in school, this course is for you.

  • A cost effective way of implementing programming.
  • Uses fun, exciting and free software that encourages high level thinking and creativity.
  • Can be used with year 3 to year 9.
  • Covers the interface, sprites, command blocks and everything you need to know.
  • Linked to the computing programme of study.
  • This practical course assumes no prior knowledge.
“Super ideas and resources to take straight back to school and staff. Thank you.” Victoria Ward, The Oval School, Yardley.  “Really useful course if you are new to the subject.” Richard Martin, Abbey Park Middle School, Pershore. “Brett delivers an informative and intriguing introduction to Scratch. Providing a hands on course, teaching staff will get a real feel for the flexibility of the program whilst being made aware of the national curriculum elements that it covers.” Thomas Smith, Westacre Middle School, Droitwich.

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

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E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Build a robot Course

Build a robot to use with the BBC Micro:bit.

We can deliver this course at your school  – Complete the form below for details

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

You will build a BBC Micro:bit robot that is yours to keep. Once built you will be shown how to program your robot using programming blocks just like Scratch.  This course demystifies the tech and is suitable for everyone.

  • A great way to introduce robotics
  • Step by step instructions to built your robot
  • Fun, hands on training for staff that you can use in the classroom
  • We will show you how to write programs to control your robot
  • The robot is yours to keep at the end of the course!

A fantastic way to make best use of this importance device. 

  • All you need to know about the hardware and how to program it
  • You will learn how to write programs for your robot using the block editor
  • You can purchase additional robots for just £25 each
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone
  • You will need to bring your BBC Micro:bit and 4 AA batteries with you. Get in touch if you need to borrow a Micro:bit on the day.

“I found the building of the robot challenging, but also satisfying to see it fully in action. This was useful in terms of ideas for  differentiation.” Cecilia Rooms, Whiteheath Education Centre “Very useful to encourage the development of coding by using a physical component.” Neil Hartley, Edgbaston High School  “Thank you – I can see how this would be excellent for all of our children from Y5 to Y8.”  Kate Brown, St Bede’s Catholic Middle School MAC

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £69 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience
 

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone

Your School

Postcode

Position in school eg head teacher, safeguarding lead, ICT Co-ordinator

I am interested in attending/hosting the following short course:
E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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BBC Micro:bit course

Make the most of your free BBC computers and find out what they can do…

We can deliver this course at your school  – Complete the form below for details

A short high impact course for teachers

bbc-microbitThe Micro:bit is designed to encourage children to get actively involved in writing software for computers and building new things, rather than being consumers of media. A million devices have been given to every year 7 pupil in the UK.  This course demystifies the tech and explains how to make the most of your devices.

  • Don’t let your free BBC Micro:bits end up in dusty cupboards
  • Fun, hands on training for staff
  • We will show you how to write programs and ensure that you are familiar with the hardware
Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

A fantastic way to make best use of this importance device. 

  • All you need to know about the hardware and how to program it
  • You will learn how to write programs using the block editor, touch develop and python
  • How to connect to other devices such as an LED and headphones
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone
“Good to discuss with other teachers.” Chris Howard, Abbey Park Middle School “I found the hands on coding really useful and I am looking forward to teaching some of this to our current year 7’s.” Richard Martin, Abbey Park Middle School “The course is a very useful introduction to the hardware and coding activities that can be carried out with the BBC micro:bit. It gives you the opportunity to try some hands on activities with the micro:bit.” Cheryl Jarvis, Catshill Middle School “Good short introduction – great overview of functionality and applications available. Brett is very engaging and maintains a good pace throughout.” Carolyn Aynsworth, Malvern St James Girls’ School

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience
 

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone

Your School

Postcode

Position in school eg head teacher, safeguarding lead, ICT Co-ordinator

I am interested in attending/hosting the following short course:
E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Curriculum planning

How to implement an effective computing curriculum. Covers the complete programme of study. Ideal for those who have to teach computing.

A short high impact course for teachers

planning materials

Ideal for
Head of Computing/ ICT and Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

This course covers the complete Computing programme of study including ICT and Digital Literacy.

  • Plan a meaningful curriculum that can be delivered by all your staff.
  • How to deliver exciting lessons in order to meet statutory requirements.
  • Technological words explained, so that you will understand difficult concepts such as algorithms and abstraction.
  • Complete coverage from reception to year nine.

Key resources and practical advice

  • A staff survey that can be used to record understanding and confidence levels.
  • A list of objectives and complete curriculum overview for every year that you can use straight away.
  • Use and create programmes using award winning and free software.
  • Review of schemes of work.

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone

Your School

Postcode

Position in school eg head teacher, safeguarding lead, ICT Co-ordinator

I am interested in attending/hosting the following short course:
E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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Physical Computing Course

Hands on Physical Activities for the BBC Micro:bit

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

You will be connecting a range of sensors and output devices to your BBC Micro:bit in order to bring real world computing to the classroom. At the end of the course there is an option to keep the seven classroom activities and the kit to use back in school.

  • Seven different activities with lesson notes
  • Six different input and output devices
  • Fun, hands on training for staff that you can use in the classroom
  • Physical activity kit including lesson notes with an option to keep it at the end of the course!

A great way to make best use of this importance device. 

  • All you need to know about the hardware and how to program it
  • You will learn how to write programs for the kit using the block editor
  • Sensors in the kit: Potentiometer, touch switch, piezo buzzer, headphone adaptor, light emitting diode, light sensor
  • Lesson activities:  Theramin, Hearing Test, Door Alarm, Persistence of vision, Visual Analogue reading, LED brightness by Pulse Width Modulation, Sun exposure alarm
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience

We can deliver this course at your school. Complete this form for more details.

Your Name

Your Email

Your Phone

Your School

Postcode

Position in school eg head teacher, safeguarding lead, ICT Co-ordinator

I am interested in attending/hosting the following short course:
E-Safety Policy updateDigital leaders in your school360 E-Safe self review preparationOnline safety for school staffSocial Media for schoolsPlanning and delivering the computing curriculumUsing Scratch to teach computingApps for teaching computingBBC Micro:bit training for schoolsBBC Micro:bit RoboticsBBC Micro:bit Physical ComputingPreparing for the Naace ICT Mark assessmentGreen Screen and iMovie in the classroom

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BBC Micro:bit hardware

We can now supply the following products to schools

1. BBC Micro:bit Robot Kit – £25 each

A fully functional low-cost robot that includes instructions for building your robot and programming it using the block editor.

Key information

  • The Robot Kits is delivered to your school.
  • Instructions and resources are sent electronically in PDF format
  • There is a minimum order of 10 items.
  • Contact us for a quote.

2. BBC Micro:bit Physical Activity Kit – £20 each

The kit includes six different input and output devices and seven different activities with lesson notes.

Key information

  • The Physical Activity Kit is delivered to your school.
  • Instructions and resources are sent electronically in PDF format
  • There is a minimum order of 10 items.
  • Contact us for a quote.