NEW Coding and Engineering using a Crumble Controller in PS2/PS3

Course date: 26th May 2022

Delegates must bring a laptop (PC, Laptop, Mac or Chromebook) to run the free Crumble software. (Does not currently work on tablets or phones)

How can we address Estyn findings that state: ‘in too many schools, pupils’ understanding of ‘systems and control’ is weak’; and address some of the requirements of the Computation is the Foundation for Our Digital World Description of Learning in the Science and Technology AOLE.

This course is suitable for complete beginners and more confident practitioners. All delegates will receive a Crumble Controller. starter pack

£220.00 + VAT (20%)

Target Group: PS2 Teachers, PS3 Teachers
This NEW course will introduce delegates to Crumble Controller which is an easy to use programmable controller and ideal for complete beginners too. How can we address aspects of the Computation is the Foundation for Our Digital World descriptions of learning in the Science and Technology AoLE and the DCF using the Crumble Controller? The Crumble has been designed to encourage experimenting and tinkering using crocodile leads for easy connection. It is a small circuit board that can be programmed using a computer and the software is free. Children may be familiar with the drag and drop programming language from Scratch, but how can we take this one step further? Course aims to teach delegates:
  • how to drag the blocks to build up a program;
  • how to drive motors forwards and backwards;
  • how to build in components such as tilt switches, toggle switches, push button switches, buzzers, light sensors. motors and LEDS;
  • to ‘follow algorithms to determine their purpose and predict outcomes’;
  • how to explain and debug algorithms;
  • how to design and make some exciting products using the Crumble Controller

Course Presenter: Robert (Bob) Cater MBE

STEM / DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY   Bob taught for 29 years and before leaving teaching headed a large Design and Technology faculty. From teaching he became a senior lecturer in the education faculty at Sunderland University. Following this Bob was appointed to the Mid Glamorgan Advisory Service. After local government reorganisation, the Advisory Service became the Education and School Improvement Service (ESIS) serving Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and RCT local education authorities. During his time with ESIS he arranged in-service training for teachers, monitored standards in schools and took part in ESTYN inspections. Bob has considerable experience of organising and running in-service courses for teachers at both primary and secondary level. For primary level provision he has often delivered in-school sessions for teachers to observe. He is particularly interested in helping teachers in primary schools to deliver the more challenging parts of the AOLE for Science and Technology including introducing CAD and CAM and computer control. He has delivered training sessions for both ESTYN and OFSTED inspectors on judging standards in the use of CAD and CAM in schools. Bob has received the DATA award for Outstanding Contribution to Design and Technology. He has also been recognised for managing a Technology Enhancement Programme Fellowship Centre and been a tutor on OHMCI primary design and technology courses in Bangor and Cardiff. He was very pleased to be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours List for services to science.

Course Location: South Wales - Cardiff

Future Inn, Hemingway Road, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4AU   START TIME: 8.30am coffee and registration for a 9.00am start
Future Inn's Conference Covid Policy
  • Meetings will be arranged based on 1m social distancing.
  • Anti-bac stations will continue to be in place.
  • Social distancing encouraged in all public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning of public areas & high-level touch areas, this includes conference area.
  • Staff members continuing to wear masks and guests asked to wear masks in all public areas. 
  • One way system when entering and exiting hotel.  
  • Conference guests asked to complete self-disclosure form on arrival.
  • Individual water bottles will be provided.
  • Tea/coffee served in training rooms.
  • Lunches (in individual bags) served in training room with a choice of standard, vegetarian, vegan or specific dietary requirement – if possible, please advise of gluten free or other dietary requirements in advance.

(Autumn 2021)

The Future Inn, Cardiff Bay